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February 2012 Issue

25 Years Ago
1987. CBS Engineering developed the MOSS-1 (Minimum Offshore Support Structure), which was designed for developing marginal oil and gas fields in water depths up to 35 meters where typical production platforms could not be justified. ... Rovtech AS introduced Buster, an ROV rated to 50 meters' depth and designed to bridge the gap between inspection-only underwater vehicles and large heavy-work systems. ... The Kennedy Space Center awarded Tracor Marine five plaques in recognition of vessel support in the space shuttle Challenger search: two for Tracor's two research vessels and three for vessels under subcontract.

15 Years Ago
1997. The U.S. Navy introduced digitial nautical charts in an electronic chart display and information system for the first time, Sperry Marine said. It was deployed on the Yorktown as part of Sperry's integrated navigation system. ... In order to develop a habitat plan, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service began the process of identifying and conserving imperiled aquatic habitats in coordination with regional fishery management councils. ... Scientists from the University of Washington developed a new infrared imaging system that could reveal breaking waves in the ocean and remotely measure the energy dissipated from them.

10 Years Ago
2002. Northrop Grumman completed its acquisition of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. ... Webb Research Corp. provided more than 100 APEX autonomous profilers for the Argo program. The deep-drifting floats were to take CTD measurements from 2,000 meters' depth every 10 days. ... Hydrolab Corp. released a new four-beam turbidity sensor for in-situ water quality monitoring. The sensor had a ratiometric algorithm to compensate for fouling. ... The Barnacle, a trawl-resistant seafloor platform designed to protect ADCPs and other instruments from trawls, anchors or snagging, was introduced by Oceanscience Group Ltd.


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