Air Deployed Oceanographic Mooring (ADOM).
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In response to the need for low cost, rapidly deployed, deep ocean, instrumented data platforms, a program was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research to develop an Air Deployed Oceanographic Mooring ADOM. This mooring consists of a subsurface buoy, taut moored by a cable with in line sensors, and contains a computer for data acquisition and processing. A surface float housing a satellite transmitter and antenna is tethered to the subsurface buoy by a compliant data line. The design evolved from a feasibility study, theoretical analyses, and testing in the laboratory, dockside, and at sea. The program included a series of system deployments at sea. Temperature data were acquired by ADOM and telemetered to the shore station via the USAF LES-9 satellite according to a pre-set schedule. The test program concluded with two air drops from a U.S. Marine Corps C-130 aircraft. These tests demonstrated that the Air Deployed Oceanographic Mooring is a practical method for ocean data acquisition. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography