[Space] Inner Space
glen at glenjarvis.com
Sun Feb 21 18:33:28 PST 2010
These underwater gliders sound exactly what I was thinking of. And, I kept
'chewing' on the idea of how to recharge on long voyages. Of course, I
didn't think of just resurfacing to recharge via solar cells.
Is there public domain data already in existence? When I was looking at
Google Earth under the ocean today, it seemed to me there was a large amount
of this data that was yet to either be collected and/or to be manipulated in
a way that is usable.
Are there open source glider plans already in existence? Is there data that
is public available in archives - just waiting to be processed? I think just
mapping the surface of the ocean floor (or parts of it) would be a great
challenge but very rewarding.
Sorry to ask so many questions...
On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 6:26 PM, Mikolaj Habryn <dichro at rcpt.to> wrote:
> This is (yet) another thing that I'm very interested in. The new
> hotness (where "new" is about a decade old) is underwater gliders,
> which have a mechanical method for changing their buoyancy between
> very slightly positive to very slightly negative and back, and use
> aerodynamic (well, hydrodynamic) surfaces to convert this to lateral
> motion. Recent research projects have crossed oceans - taking months
> to do so, in fairness, but nonetheless.
> They usually check in with satellites every few cycles by breaching
> and also taking the opportunity to recharge batteries via solar cells.
> I find the whole thing utterly fascinating, but it's substantially
> harder than balloons (although much easier than orbit).
> On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 10:00 AM, Glen Jarvis <glen at glenjarvis.com> wrote:
> > I was just trying to look on the ocean floor with Google Earth and there
> > so much data missing.. suddenly, I starting thinking about a similar
> > exploration to inner space vs outer space. I know the method is
> > different.
> > Is it even possible to track GPS data, pressure data, etc? If we were to
> > create an airtight delivery system for a G1 - what do you think the
> > are for even getting a signal that far under water? Are there techniques
> > boost the signal? How much do these problems parallel problems that may
> > occur with outer space delivery?
> > Underwater Robot for tracking, video, self propelling, etc.... even
> > possible????
> > I'm curious on opinions from others here..
> > Cheers,
> > Glen
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