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MSU Scientists Work with NOAA & Liquid Robotics, Inc., to Launch Unmanned Surface Vehicle

When: August 25, 2014
Where: Point Cadet Harbor- Biloxi, MS

WHAT: Liquid Robotics, Inc. will launch three unmanned surface vehicles to support a joint research program by Mississippi State University and NOAA studying storms during the 2014 and 2015 hurricane seasons in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Scientists plan to navigate the vehicles into tropical storms and hurricanes, where they can capture data such as surface weather, sea surface temperature, sea state and 3-D upper-ocean current profiles that are critical to accurately representing and predicting hurricane-ocean interactions. Media representatives are invited to cover pre-launch operations at Point Cadet Harbor on the R/V Tommy Munro, a fully equipped oceanographic research vessel.
 
WHEN: Monday, August 25th, 8 a.m.
 
WHERE: Point Cadet Harbor, Biloxi, MS
 
WHO: Mississippi State University Science and Technology Center, NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, and Liquid Robotics, Inc.
 
INTERVIEW OPPS: Mississippi State, NOAA and company officials will be available to discuss the scope of the research program, as well as the technology being deployed.
 
PHOTO OPPS: Three Wave Glider SV2 unmanned surface vehicles, as well as research personnel.
 
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INFO:      Pat Fitzpatrick
                Associate Research Professor
                Geosystems Research Institute
                Mississippi State University
                fitz@gri.msstate.edu
                228-688-3227 (work)
                228-688-4218 (main office)
                985-788-9486 (mobile)