RRS Discovery D360
Cruise summary report
|Ship name (ship code)||RRS Discovery (74E3)|
|Cruise period||2011-01-19 — 2011-02-02|
|Port of departure||Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain|
|Port of return||Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain|
|Objectives||There were five main objectives for the trials cruise: The first tests of the Autosub Long Range AUV, testing of the HyBIS video guided grab system, testing of the MYRTLE-X Lander systems, testing of a deep camera system for the Lake Ellsworth probe and test deployments of the PELAGRA neutrally buoyant sediment capture drifters.
The working area was about 300 miles south west of the Canary Islands, in international waters, over benthic plains of 4000 m depth, with some tests of the video systems over a isolated sea mount rising to 1200 m depth. Most of the objectives of the cruise where met, with successful diving and control of the Autosub LR, tests of the HyBIS and Ellsworth camera systems, and 3 test deployments and recoveries of two PELAGRA floats. Several wire tests of MYRTLE-X systems were carried out, predominantly successful, but concerns over the release system prevented a deployment of the lander.
The tests were all purely engineering, hence no science data were collected.
|Chief scientist||Stephen D McPhail (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton)|
|Project||Oceans 2025, Theme 8|
|Coordinating body||Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)|
|Cruise report||(4.19 MB)|
|General||North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)|
|Specific||300 miles southwest of the Canary Islands|