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  Deep Auto Profiler  -  2018  -  Neil Armstrong  
  Project Information  
Project Title: An autonomous ocean profiling and water sampling system for 0 to 11 km of water depth. Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Steven D'Hondt, URI_GSO Project Institution: URI_GSO
Project ID: 105223 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 2/16/2016 9:51:00 AM Created By: Robert A. Pockalny
Date Last Modified: 7/28/2016 12:52:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE - 1635466 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Development and testing of autonomous system capable of making water column measurements (e.g., CTD) and taking water samples (e.g., modified Niskin bottles, high-pressure samplers) at depth from 0 to 11 km.

Initial field testing of the autonomous system will occur as part of the Rhode Island Endeavor Program aboard the R/V Endeavor. Final field testing will occur in a ocean trench. For planning purposes we propose the Puerto Rico trench and the R/V Armstrong.
Summary of Facility Requirements: For both the initial and final field tests, we will need a vessel with a deck crane capable of launching and recovering the autonomous profiler.

For the final field test, we will need a vessel with a full-ocean swathmapping system to locate a landing sites with appropriate depths and bottom type.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1008364 Created By: Robert A. Pockalny
Date Last Modified: 2/16/2016 9:51:00 AM Date Submitted: 2/16/2016 9:51:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: Neil Armstrong
Optimum Start Date: 1/4/2018 Dates to Avoid: Avoid hurricane season, so prefer to NOT schedule cruise for June though November.
Earliest Start Date: 1/1/2018 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 4/30/2018 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
9 2 1 1 13
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements:
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Puerto Rico
Description of Op Area: Puerto Rico Trench
Op Area Size/Dia.: E-W 250 nm, N-S 120 nm
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
18.5° N / 66.2° W map
43 map
NA09 map
18.5° N / 66.2° W map
43 map
NA09 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? No Coastal States:
 Important Info on Foreign Research Clearances  

Are you or any member in your science party bringing in any science equipment items which are regulated for export by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)?
No If yes, have you applied for the necessary permits through your export control office? No
 Questions about ITAR/EAR regulations?

Comments about foreign clearance requirements or
description of any other special permitting requirements
(e.g., MMPA, ESA, IHA, Marine Sanctuaries, etc.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
San Juan, Puerto Rico None San Juan, Puerto Rico
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
San Juan, Puerto Rico is the closest port to the operations area.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Steven D'Hondt, URI_GSO
# in Science Party 20 # of different science teams 1 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements We plan to conduct 24-hour operations, so 2 resident science technicians will be required.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPSelected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Unselected SCUBA DivingUnselected Radioisotope use - briefly describeUnselected NO Radioisotope use/Natural level workSelected Other Operator Provided Inst. - Describe
0 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

Autonomous Deep Profiler Sampler will be provided by science team

Major Ancillary Facilities (that require coordination of schedules with ship schedule)
Unselected Helicopter Ops (USCG)Unselected Twin OtterUnselected Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) 
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
Unselected Other AUVUnselected Sentry  
Coring Facility
Unselected Jumbo Piston CoringUnselected Large Gravity Core Unselected MC800 multicorer w/ MISO camera/telemetryUnselected OSU Coring Facility (MARSSAM)
Unselected Other Large Coring FacilityUnselected WHOI Long Core  
Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV)
Unselected AlvinUnselected Clelia (HBOI)Unselected JSL I & II (HBOI)Unselected Other HOV
Other Facility
Unselected MISO Facility - deep-sea imagingUnselected Other FacilityUnselected Potential Fields Pool Equipment 
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Unselected JasonUnselected Other ROV  
Seismic Facility
Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center (OBSIC)Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP)Unselected Ocean-Bottom Seismometer Program (UTIG)Unselected Other Seismic/OBS Facility
Unselected PASSCALUnselected Portable MCS groupUnselected Portable MCS/SCS groupUnselected U.S. Geological Survey Ocean Bottom Seismometer Facility (USGS at WHOI)
Towed Underwater Vehicle
Unselected ARGO IIUnselected Hawaii MR1 (HMRG)Unselected IMI12 (HMRG)Unselected IMI120 (HMRG - formerly DSL 120A)
Unselected IMI30 (HMRG)Unselected Other Towed Underwater VehicleUnselected Towfish 
UNOLS Van Pool
Unselected AUV Lab Van #1Unselected Clean Lab VanUnselected Cold Lab VanUnselected General Purpose Lab Van
Unselected Radioisotope Lab VanUnselected Wet Lab Van  
UNOLS Winch Pool
Unselected Mooring SpoolerUnselected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.
Require -80° & -20° freezers.

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