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Pioneer 17:
Bi-Annual Recovery
and Deploy Mission

The ocean is a harsh environment for ocean observing equipment.

Equipment becomes fouled as marine life makes it home. Batteries run out. Wind and waves take their toll. That’s why every six months, teams head to OOI arrays to recover and redeploy ocean observing equipment to keep them collecting and sharing data. Here, we will be sharing news about what’s happening aboard the R/V Neil Armstrong as a team of scientists and engineers recovers and deploys equipment at the Pioneer Array for the 17th time. Check back regularly for updates.

Instrumentation

Images and explanations of the instrumentation and equipment that comprise the Coastal Pioneer Array.

Location

The Coastal Pioneer Array is located off the coast of New England, about 75 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.

Ship

The R/V Neil Armstrong is a state-of-the-art oceangoing research vessel.

Updates

Regular posts about life aboard the ship, work accomplished, and encounters with marine life.

Gallery

Images and video of the expedition.

People

Meet the Pioneer 17 Team.