The USF EcoSystems Technology Group operates the Tavros fleet of Solar-powered Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (SAUVs) used to deploy sensor packages in coastal environments. Totally autonomous, the Tavros SAUVs' most obvious features are their solar-panels, which allow for nearly limitless duration deployments. The Tavros vehicles are depth rated to 600 meters, allowing for delivery of sensors to deep water environments. An assortment of onboard communications equipment enables real-time telemetry via a variety of mechanims, for robust instrument control.
Tavros vehicle #2 (@tavros02) is the first AUV to automatically post SeaTweetsTM of data from its onboard sensors. Without human intervention Tavros02 monitors for changes in sensor data output, compiles that data in a twitter-friendly format and uploads the data at regular intervals, using advanced communications to maintain a constant connection to the internet wherever the vehicle is located.
@saab007 asks a good question. The answer? A limited number of SAUVs were manufactured by Falmouth Scientific, Inc. for operations with various groups around the world. SAUVs # 2 & 5 were provided to the USF EcoSystems Technology Group for use in the Tavros program. At the moment, SAUV #2 is the vehicle which is used for most of our field deployments, so it was the first one to receive a twitter handle (@tavros02). Over time, as other instruments become engaged for field operations, they will be given relevant handles as well.
For updated data results, visit our #SeaTweet data page.
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