By Anne-Sophie Fortin
August 14, 2022
Today was entertaining as Paul, Félix, and Christian calibrated the buoyancy of two Gliders. Gliders are autonomous underwater vehicles using buoyancy to move around. As they can change their pitch, i.e., angle, they can glide horizontally while moving up and down the water column. Calibration of the Glider’s buoyancy consists of setting the Glider density close to that of the water mass it is deployed. To do so, a small pool has been assembled on the deck and filled with seawater. Then Paul and Félix put on an aquaphobic combination to not get cold as they had to stand still in the water which temperature is around 10oC. After successful tests, the Gliders are now ready for deployment in the ocean, but that will be for another day. Stay tuned!
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