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Argos DCS System Use Agreement of the Month
– February 2014

Hadal Inc.
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) Development


The purpose of this program is to develop Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) for mapping the sea floor, including the areas beneath the National Data Buoy Center’s tsunami buoys and the Marine Protected Areas (MPA) of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The objectives of this endeavor include:
  – Sonar imagery of the seabed in deep water.
  – Mapping the seafloor surrounding the NOAA NDBC DART Buoy System.
  – Mapping the seafloor in marine protected areas and national marine sanctuaries (like the Gulf of the Farallones).
  – Environmental data gathering (salinity, temperature, pressure).
  – Publishing and sharing of the data sets.

NOAA and Hadal are working closely together on AUV testing and use of data from the Hadal AUVs to support the National Marine Sanctuary Office and the Ocean Exploration and Research Program.

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