Thursday, February 25, 2016

Floating into the night

As of today, Tator Tot and Pi have been deployed! Both were released in the turbulent wake of the Kerguelen Plateau and the UW float group have confirmed that both floats have self-activated. The float engineers are currently monitoring their progress. Hopefully, we will get to see their first full profiles soon.

It just so happened that both deployments happened in the dead of night. This is really unlucky seeing that we have about 19 hours of daylight here. Joseph Gum, one of techs onboard, was kind enough to provide these photos. Enjoy.

Cleaning the optical sensors one last time before deployment.

Susan giving me a hand with the float. It's actually light enough for one person to carry.

Float on deck. Time to get our release lines ready. It's important to measure out the just the right length of rope to get the float into the water. Too much rope increases the probability of snags. We learned that the hard way.

Rope measured and tied off. Check. Permission from bridge. Check. Time to hoist Tator Tot into the wild.

Splash down. Last step is to slip the rope and let Tator Tot roam free.

12 comments:

  1. This is Maxine from Jamie's class! I am so excited that Pi is one of the names of the floats. I also really like the name tator tot. I am really interested in oceanography and am excited to learn more about your journey. Thanks!

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  2. Hi Maxine! Thanks for leaving a comment! I think Tator Tot and Pi are great names. You guys did a good job coming up with those.

    I'm really happy that you find oceanography interesting! I think it is a really cool subject area and there is so left to learn about the ocean. You're also very lucky to have Jamie as your teacher. She knows a lot about the subject. She actually helped to teach one of my oceanography classes when she was at UW!

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  4. Hi! This is Poppy and Ruwayda from Ms.Monkkonen (Jamie) class! Your expedition sounds awesome!! I hope you have fun and see interesting stuff.

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  5. Ms. Monkkonen (Jamie) says you were a very good student

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