NOAA is live streaming their exploration of the North Atlantic Stepping Stones: New England and Corner Rise Seamounts off the East Coast of the United States from June 30 through July 29, 2021. The live stream is open to anyone, no registration required.
The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer deploys two Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV’s) to explore previously unexplored or lightly explored areas under the sea. One of the ROV’s is tethered to the Okeanos Explorer
The Okeanos Explorer is equipped with high speed data links that allows it to send high quality real time data and video world wide and for scientists from around the world to observe and provide feedback by a chat room (sorry the chat room is closed to the general public but I sent in a suggestion that they open the chat room to the public for read only). During the dives real time play by play is provided with the video feed.
Typical operations is to map the sea floor during the night for the following days dive and in the morning the team plans out the dive path for the day. The dives seem to have the ROV’s on the bottom around 10:00am Eastern Daylight Time with each dive lasting around three hours. Please check the web site each day for the dive times as they do vary from day to day.
They do record the dive and the last 24 hours or so are available on the main sight, just start the video then click back earlier, I was able to watch the launch of the ROV’s some 6 hours earlier after the dive had ended.
The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is a 224 foot ship dedicated to underwater research and can deploy it’s ROV’s to a depth from 250 to 6,000 meters (820 to 19,700 feet). The ship is equipped with four different types of mapping sonars that collect high-resolution data about the seafloor and the water column, a dual-body remotely operated vehicle (ROV) capable of diving to depths of 6,000 meters, and a suite of other instruments to help characterize the deep ocean.
Images courtesy of NOAA.
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