Teledyne Webb Research (TWR) announced today that it has been selected to provide Coastal Gliders for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The Slocum G2 gliders will support the Pioneer and the Endurance Arrays of the Coastal and Global Scale Nodes (CGSN) of the OOI. The contract, valued at up to 5.6 million dollars, includes a prototype vehicle to be delivered this year that will incorporate the specific sensor requirements of the CGSN. Production units will be delivered beginning in April 2012. The initial contract award is $260,000. Teledyne Webb Research was chosen by The Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) to provide the gliders for this project that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The Slocum G2 gliders are designed for long deployment endurance with the ability to maneuver and operate where the total water depth is less than 30 meters and up to 1000 meters along deeper coastlines. The uniquely modular vehicle construction facilitates both swappable payload bays for a multitude of integrated sensor suites and optimized buoyancy control for various depth regimes.(source: Prweb)