Exciting Ocean ROV-testing + Seastar explorationJuly 17 2014
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The expedition had some disturbing issues; recording program, dead batteries and reflection on the computer screen. But all those issues, are easy to avoid and are caused by poor planning.
I now have the recordning program downloaded AND will remember to SAVE the recording before closing my lap top.
I will bring the battery chargers to the point where I'm exploring, not leave them in the car parked far far away.
To avoid reflection... There are many possible solutions. I know people are working on the Oculus Rift glasses for the ROV. But for now, maybe I'll bring an umbrella?
What I also learned on this journey is that people are curious, and if you ask they do want to help!
All in all, the expedition was great!
It wont be long till my ROV and I are back in the ocean:)
Yesterday was amazing!
Dropped the ROV in the water next to the sea lions (!!) under the pier - my heart was pumping and I was nervous about how these huge animals would welcome my little robot..!
Luckily they just looked curious at it, circled around it a couple of times and then jumped back up to sleep.
I also saw a big starfish!
I tried to capture this on camera, but because of the sun the pictures from the OpenROV Cockpit are quite useless.
I have now downloaded TechSmith Snagit, a recording program, that records my desktop. Going back to the wharf today, and hopefully I'll get a cool video and pictures!
Arrived Santa Cruz late at night, unpacked the equipment and charged the batteries.
07.00 - Morning surf, your mind needs to be clear before great adventures!
09.30 - went to buy some weights for my ROV - planning to go deep:)
10.00 - Heading out on the pier to find a spot. I'm prepared to be surrounded by curious tourists, but thats fine! The more the merrier.
Now I've run my ROV in the test tank at OpenROV HQ for several weeks, and it seems to work perfectly.
It will be exciting to see how the ROV likes the ocean!
I've wanted to take my ROV and go look for starfish for a while. It's still a lot of unanswered questions related to the mysterious illness called Seastar Wasting Syndrome affecting starfish along the California coast all the way from Alaska to San Diego.