Cyprus Subsea has recently acquired four M1 Seagliders which now form one of the largest private glider fleets in Europe.
These 1000 meter-rated underwater vehicles represent a major increase in Cyprus Subsea’s capacity to provide real-time environmental monitoring services in the open seas.
In addition to providing Seaglider maintenance and training, Cyprus Subsea has been operating its clients’ Seagliders for over ten years in different seas of the world and under many different environmental conditions for scientific, regulatory, and commercial applications.
The new fleet opens the door for customers to utilize glider capabilities for one-off or short-term projects without the need for a large investment in glider infrastructure or specialized staff. Even larger organizations may benefit from leveraging the fleet as a lower cost alternative to maintaining internal glider capabilities all year round.
For gliders to fulfill their full potential as a cost-effective, low carbon footprint marine monitoring and research tool, the barriers to their usage must be reduced or removed. The learning curve and initial investment are too high for most, and we believe we can help by providing our expertise and assets as a turnkey solution anywhere in the world.
Daniel Hayes, Managing Director, CSCS Ltd.
Underwater Gliders are Highly Efficient AUVs
An underwater glider is a highly efficient autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) which utilizes small changes in buoyancy, pitch and roll to achieve forward, profiling, motion over long distances. They are a reusable and cost-effective method for collecting repeat subsurface ocean observations. Mission endurance is measured in months, with the gliders surfacing to transmit date to shore from remote locations, even under inclement weather conditions.
Equipped with a variety of sensors, the gliders are designed to deliver ocean profile data, such as temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, as well as biogeochemical, biological, and acoustic data. Pilots on shore manage the on-board autopilot system and sensor payload configuration via satellite.
CSCS Ltd’s M1 Seagliders can be rented with a variety of related services such as:
- mission planning
- data management