- Deep Sea Internet in Development
- Washington Dive Shop Damaged After Tank Explosion
- China’s Unmanned Submersible Declared a Success
An electrical engineer with the University of Buffalo is leading the charge to develop a deep sea internet to vastly improve underwater research, as well as pave the way for detection of narcotics trafficking and locating oil and natural gas reserves.
Tommaso Melodia spearheaded the project because communication between current sensory equipment is inefficient, often resulting in incomplete information being relayed to the scientists who are monitoring the equipment. With a deep sea network, information from multiple sensors can be pooled with standard internet communications tools to relay a more complete picture to scientists, allowing them to issue timely warnings of tsunamis and other natural disasters that originate in the sea.
The focus of Melodia’s research now is to connect the undersea communications network with the land-based standard internet, an act that is necessary due to the differences between how each one functions. The results of their research will be presented in November at the International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems in Taiwan.
Olympia, Washington dive shop Capital Divers is looking at damages of $20,000 – $40,000 after a compressed air tank exploded outside the business on Tuesday afternoon, sending shrapnel up to 50 yards away in the immediate area.
Because the owner is the sole operator of Capital Divers and no one was injured in the explosion, neither the Department of Labor and Industries nor the Olympia Fire Department will be conducting an investigation. Several other tanks were ruptured in the explosion, so the owner thinks the insurance company will likely conduct its own investigation.
China’s unmanned submersible, Qianlong-1, that embarked on its maiden voyage from a Honolulu harbor last week has been declared a success by China’s maritime authority, reaching a record depth of 5,162 meters.
Seven dives were completed over the course of six days, including deep water and night dives, in which data was collected for a combined period of 29 hours over an area of roughly 33km. The leader of the project said several technological breakthroughs had been made and the sub functioned normally throughout the course of the mission. Qianlong-1 is the first Chinese autonomous submersible to be used for a scientific expedition.