Five things to know about NOAA’s 2021 Tech Demo

Five things to know about NOAA’s 2021 Tech Demo

Deep reaches of the ocean are places with almost freezing temperatures, corrosive saltwater, limited or no light, and extreme pressures, making them incredibly challenging to reach and explore without the right technology. This week, WHOI's autonomous underwater vehicle, Orpheus, is about to take its first deep dive of NOAA's 2021 Technology Demonstration. During the expedition, researchers aboard the NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer will test several emerging technologies that will potentially allow us to explore deeper, farther, and faster than previously possible. Data collected with these technologies, when combined with more traditional work happening via sonars and remotely operated vehicles deployed directly from research vessels, will help us fill gaps in our understanding of the deep ocean and enhance our ability to identify, understand, protect, and manage ocean resources for present and future generations. Here are five key things to know about the expedition:

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