EdgeTech, a provider of sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, has received an order from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for 50 additional 8242XS Deep Water Acoustic Transponding Releases.
The follow-on order brings the total dollar value of the acoustic transponding releases ordered for OOI to over $1 million.
The EdgeTech 8242XS Acoustic Release Transponder is a 6000 meter rated versatile mooring instrument. The release is made entirely of nickel aluminum bronze alloy with titanium closure hardware for very long deployments with no corrosion. According to EdgeTech, acoustic status reply includes tilt and release state and utilizes a command structure proven in the toughest acoustic environments anywhere.
The acoustic releases will be used to support the National Science Foundation funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). As noted by WHOI: “The OOI will construct a networked infrastructure of oceanic sensor systems to measure physical, chemical, geological, and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor. The acoustic releases are vital to our understanding of many of the crucial scientific questions to which the OOI can provide answers.”
The latest batch of EdgeTech 8242XS acoustic transponding releases will ship from the West Wareham, MA manufacturing facility by May 2015.