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SUM 2018

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32 | depth, location or geography. Squidle+ is available continuously online, where it provides access to about five million oceanographic images. As Squidle+ continues to be further developed, local annotations will be automatically synchronized with the cloud to allow scientists to access and continue their image and video analysis at anytime from anywhere in the world. Not only a home for SuBastian, Falkor also serves as a testing and development platform, which is almost unheard of on research vessels. In two coordinated robotics expeditions, engineers from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney used intelligent multi-robot tracking and con- trol algorithms to track a fleet of aerial and underwater robots at the same time. This allowed the robots to autonomously plan and re-allocate their tasks based on fresh data, environmental conditions and user requests. These cruises offered uninterrupted time for the engineers and technicians to troubleshoot, test and refine the vehicles, their methods, and the software that controlled their actions. The experience gained from this project is invaluable to further advancing multiple robotic platforms that work independently, intelligently, and at low costs to better characterize and understand the ocean. Being a private organization has also allowed SOI to support experimental research that typically does not receive funding from traditional government agencies. For example, a team from the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBME) at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, envisioned using a vertical take-off and landing aerial vehicle with cameras and equipment to study the air-sea interface in the open ocean and take measurements of sea surface skin salinity. The trouble, however, was that robotic, unmanned aerial vehicles had never been used like that before—most deployments required slingshots to launch the vehicle and nets to catch it. The team spent four weeks on Falkor working with the vehicles, testing and refining the equipment and techniques. By the end of the cruise, they had successfully performed the first ever vertical take-off and landing on an research vessel and collected the first measurements of sea surface skin salinity. (See sidebar pg. 33.) Other examples of technology development seen on Falkor include the first 3D virtual reality visualizations of phytoplankton at sea, allowing the science team on Falkor to interactively immerse themselves with unique holographic data. And this is only the beginning. With several more expeditions this year, with multiple robotic development plans, SOI and Falkor continue to make waves in traditional ocean-going sciences and support the next frontier of ocean conservation. Recovery of ROV SuBastian during the 2017 "Ancient Sea Level Secrets" expedition off of Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll.

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