Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Explosive undersea mission for intrepid Kiwi


Hannah Prior with Nautilus ROV Hercules

MEDIA RELEASE
28 August 2014
Explosive undersea mission for intrepid Kiwi
Local schools and scientists will be able to join New Zealander, Hannah Prior, on a high-tech deep sea mission in September, as part of an expedition led by world-renowned explorer and discover of the Titanic, Dr Robert Ballard.

Ms. Prior, 32, a Programme Director for the Sir Peter Blake Trust, will join Dr Ballard’s Nautilus Exploration Programme, from 17 September to 9 October, to study the submarine volcano Kick'em Jenny, off the coast of Grenada, as well as Barbados and Trinidad Mud volcanoes.

Ms. Prior expects that the expedition will be all the more thrilling given that Kick’em Jenny is currently overdue for an eruption, “So the scientists will certainly be on their toes during the three-week expedition,” she says.

“But the most exciting part of the expedition, from a science and education perspective, is that people at home will have the opportunity to watch all of the discoveries being made live, via telepresence technology, at www.nautiluslive.org and via social media.

“It's as close to actually being there as you can get and a fantastic opportunity for students and local scientists to follow our journey, in real time, as the Nautilus is fully equipped with live video, audio and data feeds,” says Ms Prior.

“Hercules and Argus - the remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) that scientists onboard will be using to explore the volcanoes and sea floor - are purpose-built by the team at the University of Rhode Island for the Nautilus Exploration Programme, and Hercules’ capability is pretty incredible. The ROV has arms for picking things up and taking samples, as well as probes, cameras and even storage drawers,” she says.

The Nautilus programme will focus on scientific research and exploration of the sea floor, from aboard the 64-metre ship, currently based in the Caribbean Sea. The educators and students selected for the Nautilus programme, including this particular expedition, represent schools, universities, science centres, aquariums and non-profit organisations from 23 states and six countries around the world.

In 2013, US ambassador, Mike Moore, connected the Sir Peter Blake Trust to Dr. Robert Ballard - one of the world’s leading ocean explorers. Whilst onboard the Nautilus, Ms Prior will have the opportunity to learn about the latest telepresence technology, which is capable of broadcasting undersea activities live to the world. By 2015 - 2016 the Sir Peter Blake Trust will host Nautilus in New Zealand and the Trust also plans to trial the use of telepresence technology on a local expedition broadcasting to schools and museums in New Zealand and across the globe.

Follow Hannah’s expedition aboard the Nautilus at: http://www.sirpeterblaketrust.org/young-blake-expeditions/ev-nautilus-2014-kickem-jenny


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Auckland Transport Case: Men Guilty Of Corruption And Bribery Will Spend Time In Jail

Two men who were found guilty of corruption and bribery in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) trial have been sentenced in the Auckland High Court today... The pair are guilty of corruption and bribery offences relating to more than $1 million of bribes which took place between 2005 and 2013 at Rodney District Council and Auckland Transport. More>>

ALSO:

Hager Raid: Westpac Wrong To Release Bank Records To Police

The Privacy Commissioner has censured Westpac Banking Corp for releasing without a court order more than 10 months of bank records belonging to the political activist and journalist Nicky Hager during a police investigation into leaked information published in Hager's 2014 pre-election book, 'Dirty Politics'. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Crown Accounts: Government Ekes Out Six-Month Surplus Of $9M

The New Zealand government eked out a tiny surplus in the first six months of the fiscal year as growth in domestic consumption lifted the goods and services tax take, while uncertainties over the Kaikoura earthquake costs meant expenses were less than expected. More>>

ALSO:

Almost 400 Jobs: Shock At Cadbury's Dunedin Factory Closure

Workers at Cadbury in Dunedin are reeling after learning this morning that the iconic Cadbury factory is to close, with the loss of almost 400 jobs... “The company had reported it was doing well and this has come out of the blue,” says Chas. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news