Grant: $99,960 - National Science Foundation - Jun. 2, 2009
17% voted satisfied - 83% voted not satisfied - 36 vote(s) cast
Award Description: This Phase I project will expand open ocean aquaculture by developing technology for mobile, drifting fish pens to be entrained in regional oceanic gyres. This research will primarily address the needs described in Biotechnology topic A.4.: Marine and Aquatic Biotechnology, which specifically refers to ?disease control ? alternative technologies?. The various components of the Velella drifter cage technology that we propose here also address priorities in the Electronics, Components and Engineering Systems (EL) subtopics (A.3 Environmental Sensing, A.4 Process Control Sensing, A.6 Remote Sensing Sensors and Systems; and I.3 Robotics systems that extend human capabilities into ? hazardous environments), as well as Software and Services (SS) subtopics (C.1 Mobile applications, C.6 Adaptive manufacturing and C.7 Simulation for Manufacturing b. Predictive modeling).
Project Description: Quarterly activities for this work are described below based on the milestones conceived of in the initial project proposal: 1. Initial Site Survey & Planning ? Complete. Representatives from Lockheed Martin visited Kona Blue?s land base and offshore facility to garner a greater understanding of challenges, facilities and production systems. 2. Product Selection ? Complete. Drogue buoys have been purchased and a variety of other hardware that will be required for the Phase 1 work has been selected. 3. Real-Time Video Stream Specs ? Done 4. Initial Gyre Models and Algorithm Complete ? In Progress. The prediction will not initially take into account Gyre movement 5. Working Software ? Will Improve Until Install Date 4.1 ? Software Display (Google Earth) ? In Progress 6. On-Site Installation ? Oct 26-30. Lockheed Martin personnel will be in Kona, Hawaii for installation of software and initial ocean testing of drogue buoy movement. 7. Look Ahead- Initial ?Wet? testing will begin the week of October 26 and continue through November. Three drifting trials are planned to observe buoy varience, gyre predictability and culminating with the release of a sea cage and a drogue to understand the variance between the two for use in future predictions. Software Improvements will be done throughout this work if problems arise
Jobs Summary: n/a (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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