July 2003
Hydroid receives order from California Polytechnic State University for Custom REMUS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

(July 16, 2003 – E. Falmouth, MA) Hydroid Inc. announced today that they recently received an order from the California Polytechnic State University for a custom REMUS AUV.

The research to be conducted by the California Polytechnic State University has been funded by NASA and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This is the second REMUS system to be used by California Polytechnic State University. The first system was delivered in 2001 by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

The REMUS presently being manufactured by Hydroid will be modified to incorporate radiance and irradiance sensors, as well as other sensors to support the research being conducted by Dr. Mark Moline and his associates in the Biological Sciences Department. Their first REMUS system was also a custom system and was configured with bioluminescence sensors for nighttime research. The new system will supplement this work but will be configured for daytime operations.

Commenting on the recent contract Dr. Moline stated “the REMUS currently being manufactured will have the ability to measure inherent and apparent optical properties, and will be primarily used for validation of aircraft and satellite based ocean color imagery…This REMUS will also be able to map the vertical structure of optical constituents in the water column, which will provide further information for validation of ocean processes.”

Dr. Moline's application pushes the state of art of AUV technology. He routinely conducts missions with the REMUS that involve transects fully across California's Monterey Bay, which are often up to twenty miles in length.

REMUS is a compact, light weight Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) designed for shallow water operations. Hydroid Inc. holds the exclusive license from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the manufacture and further development of the REMUS technology.

For further information contact Kevin McCarthy, Vice President of Marketing at Hydroid at Tel 508-563-6565, e-mail kmccarthy@www.hydroidinc.com.

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