|Around 70 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly only ocean can be seen|
From there we continue to Porcupine Abyssal Plain and so the ship’s scientific teams have been busy over the past couple of days preparing our sampling equipment for our arrival.
We have the Autosub team, consisting of Stephen McPhail, Maaten Furlong, Miles Pebody and Dave Paxton.
|Maaten Furlong and Dave Paxton working on Autosub6000|
Diving to 4,850 metres is no mean feat and everything has to be perfect. Once deployed Autosub will capture two photos per second over an 18 hour mission, generating over 100,000 photos (around 1 terabyte of data), no one wants to find out that the flash ended up not working! So the team have been writing computer code for running diagnostic tests to make sure everything is fine.
|Brian Bett explaining the principles behind the megacorer.|
The cores bury into the seabed by being slowly pushed down
by the force of a 400kg lead weight!
The next few weeks are going to be hard work, but immensely enjoyable. We are all looking forward to tomorrow where we shall gather our first set of scientific data.