Mesobot, a new class of autonomous underwater vehicle, will address specific unmet needs for observing slow-moving targets in the midwater ocean. Mesobot will track targets such as zooplankton, fish, and descending particle aggregates using a control system based on stereo cameras and a combination of thrusters and a variable buoyancy system. The vehicle will also be able to collect biogeochemical and environmental DNA (eDNA) samples using a pumped filter sampler.
Yoerger, Dana R.; Curran, Molly; Fujii, Justin; German, Christopher R.; Gomez-Ibanez, Daniel; Govindarajan, Annette F.; Howland, Jonathan C.; Llopiz, Joel K.; Wiebe, Peter H.; Hobson, Brett W.; Katija, Kakani; Risi, Michael; Robinson, Bruce H.; Rock, Stephen M.; Wilkinson, Cailean J.; and Breier, John A., "Mesobot : An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Tracking and Sampling Midwater Targets" (2018). Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences Faculty Publications and Presentations. 20.
2018 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Workshop (AUV)