Expendable Current Profiler (XCP, Mod 7).
SIPPICAN OCEAN SYSTEMS INC MARION MA
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Sippican was funded to develop, build and test a factory produceable version of the expendable current profiler XCP. It had been previously demonstrated that horizontal ocean currents may be measured by means of a free-falling expendable device. Although the results of their research demonstrated the viability of the concept, the probes were difficult to manufacture in a production environment. The XCP, Mod-7 design departed from all previous probe designs by including two major subassemblies a buoy that remains at the oceans surface has been added, linked to the descending probe assembly by two conductor, 39 gauge BT wire. Data gathered and pre-processed within the probe undergoes further processing in the buoy whereupon it is transmitted to receiving equipment via a radio frequency link.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods