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IRobot Gulf Oil Spill response

posted Nov 11, 2010, 1:04 PM by Cesar Harada
posted Jun 13, 2010 2:18 PM by general inquiries   [ updated Jun 13, 2010 2:22 PM by Cesar Harada ]
via [David Lee]

A Message from Chairman and CEO Colin Angle

"When you see the devastation in the Gulf every night on the news and every morning in the paper, you want to reach out and help. At iRobot, we feel strongly that we are doing just that. Right now, in conjunction with the U.S. Navy and a handful of universities, we have three Seagliders in the Gulf helping researchers find out what is going on beneath the water's surface. We understand that risk and cost is always an issue - iRobot's Seaglider is a flexible, state-of-the-art technology that can autonomously monitor the Gulf waters night and day for up to 10 months on a single battery charge, traveling thousands of miles and transmitting valuable data back every few hours. This is going to become even more important as the hurricane season approaches, increasing the dangers facing researchers on open waters. I take extreme pride in knowing that iRobot employees are working around the clock to support Seaglider deployments in the Gulf, motivated by the desire to make a difference during this tragedy and help the Gulf community in any way we can."
The iRobot Response Effort

On May 21, we launched an iRobot Seaglider to monitor the area just a few miles away from the Gulf oil spill. The Seaglider is configured with sensors that report a wide variety of data, including the level of dissolved oxygen in the water and the presence of oil all the way down to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet). We also helped the U.S. Navy with the rapid integration of additional sensors on two of the Seagliders in their fleet, which are also capturing and monitoring samples far below the water's surface in the Gulf of Mexico now.

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