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Volume 22 Issue 02

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Volume 22, No. 2
Pages 146 - 157

The Nurturing of Seagliders by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program

Charles C. Eriksen Mary Jane Perry
Article Abstract

The National Oceanographic Partnership Program provided critical support to the development of Seaglider long-range autonomous underwater vehicles. This support enabled: (1) development and integration of chemical and biological sensors, (2) transition to low-power, bi-directional satellite communication, and (3) software upgrades to enhance capability and reliability. Sponsored improvements led to setting the mission endurance and range records for autonomous underwater vehicles, wide use by the oceanographic community, and licensing for commercialization.


Eriksen, C.C., and M.J. Perry. 2009. The nurturing of seagliders by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. Oceanography 22(2):146–157, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.45.


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