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DiveNET Explores the USS Spirit of America Shipwreck

We wanted an opportunity to showcase just how simple and effective our underwater hydro-acoustic systems are, so we decided to go on a little adventure.

The team sailed from Ventura harbor towards the California Channel Islands and geared up to explore the USS Spirit of America, a WW2 Minesweeper, which lived a second life as a gambling room known as the Peacock, until it was destroyed by a fire and sank off Santa Cruz.

On the day of the dive, despite the beautiful surface weather, underwater visibility was very low and there were strong currents. For the occasion, we set-up a Long Base Line buoy array, which casts a wide sonic coverage area. We used the virtual grid to locate a series of preset waypoints on the wreck.

To aid with team situational awareness, we also had radio-style voicecomms delivering crisp communications at all times between Topside and the diver team using our DiveNET: 5x5 pod integrated to the Kirby Morgan M-48 MOD-1 full-face mask (FFM).

At the end of the day, we were able to collect, record and compare the data from the multiple dives and demonstrate repeatability in data collection. The DiveNET line of products supports applications across multiple segments of the subsea industry, including resource management, energy, disaster prevention and response, environmental regeneration and others.

We'll publish more of these reports as COVID restrictions lift and our partners' projects resume operation.

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**DiveNET hydro-acoustic systems work by encoding data within brief (and very quiet) sound pulses, which are harmless to marine life. From this basic principle, multiple applications derive for navigation, communications, data transmission and target tracking cases. These systems were perfected in partnership with Underwater Communication and Navigation Laboratory (UC&NL) based in Volgograd, Russia. Past use cases have involved infrastructure inspection, underwater archeology, ecosystem regeneration, pisciculture and energy generation.


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