July 21, 2014The past day and today have been incredibly busy with four ROV dives to the seafloor. The ROPOS team was highly efficient with some vehicle turn-around-times of <3 hrs. Most vehicles take much longer than this.
July 20, 2014Today has been an intense, very exciting day - it is only 1815, and ROPOS has already made two trips to the seafloor in the International District vent field during Dives R1717 and R1718.
July 19, 2014In the wee morning hours, ROCLS unexpectedly became stuck in soft sediment when it was unlatched from ROPOS at the end of the 1-km cable lay. Surprisingly, there was a bit of a slope, and this, plus the soft sediment, caused ROCLS to sink down
July 18, 2014Today's activities focused on preparing to lay nearly 4000 ft of extension cable onto the seafloor and to deploy a junction box at a depth of 8530 ft beneath the ocean's surface at the base of Axial Seamount (Site PN3A).
July 17, 2014Last night's weather conditions, with sustained winds of up to ~30 mph over the past 24 hours, precluded the launch of the ROV ROPOS. These winds are not atypical of the NE Pacific
July 16, 2014Yesterday's Dive (R1712) went very well: we completed all of our tasks. The ROV ROPOS came on deck at 2115h. In preparation for the next dive at PN3A, a junction box was moved to the ROV working platform, and a cable drum was readied for installat
July 15, 2014The R/V Thompson arrived at the summit of Axial Seamount at ~ 2 am on July 15 to begin operations. During the previous day, ROPOS was completely tested and safety meetings were held among scientists, engineers, the ship crew and the ROPOS team t
July 14, 2014Today has been spent in preparation for the upcoming dive (Dive R1712) at the summit of Axial Seamount. Safety meetings were held among the ship, ROPOS, and science party teams, operational plans were discussed, and equipment readied fo
July 13, 2014.... planning, and strategizing. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
July 11, 2014Lots of work is under way as the Thompson is loaded and ROPOS mobilized for the VISIONS 14 expedition, which is scheduled to sail on Sunday, July 13.