Coordinated Robotics research team and R/V Falkor crew display an array of robotic systems that were deployed and operated as part of this project in the Timor Sea in early April of 2015.

News: Call for Expressions of Interest in Collaborative Research on R/V Falkor in 2019

Synopsis Schmidt Ocean Institute is uniquely structured as an oceanographic research facility operator on a mission to transform ocean sciences with innovation in research technologies, marine operational practices, and information sharing. We seek to advance the frontiers of global ocean research by providing state of the art operational, technological, and informational support to pioneering marine … Continued

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Person: Deborah Smith

Deborah has bachelors in Marine Science from Maine Maritime Academy.  She has been working as a Lead Hydrographer for a private company in the United States conducting various coastal and ocean mapping projects for the past fourteen years.   Deborah Smith is one of Falkor’s Marine Technicians, and is from Rhode Island, USA.  


Page: Schmidt Ocean Institute 2017 Expeditions

Eyes Above and Below: Testing UAV’s and Mapping Johnston Atoll Guam USA – Honolulu, Hawaii USA January Daniel Carlson from the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) will join Falkor for the first Transit with Science as she sails from Guam to Honolulu. During his time aboard Falkor, Daniel will be conducting … Continued

News: Procurement Specialist

Title: Procurement Specialist Reports to: Engineering Services Manager Location: Seattle, Washington USA Application Deadline: September 19, 2016 PDF description available here. Schmidt Ocean Institute is a U.S. non­profit private operating foundation ( established in 2009 to advance oceanographic research and catalyze open sharing of information about the oceans. We bring together advanced science and state­of­the­art … Continued

Manning the ROV SuBastian Navigation Station in the control room on R/V Falkor.

Log Post: Recollections of Sea Trials

Life at sea is about rhythm. Natural rhythms – such as tides and rolling swells – as well as the routines and tempo of work onboard a ship. We are winding down six weeks of sea trials in Guam with ROV SuBastian. This will be a change of pace for everyone leaving the ship; the … Continued


Log Post: Connecting with the USS Indianapolis

Falkor’s journey from Nah Trang, Vietnam to the island of Guam was over nearly 1200 nautical miles of open ocean, of which the majority is uncharted – despite being in an area of strong scientific interest. Even with no scientists on board, Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Technicians always aim to run a suite of science sensors as … Continued


Log Post: Reflections from ROV Integration

My experience with the Schmidt Ocean Institute was very valuable. I used the program as an opportunity to experiment with computer based animation, something I had been meaning to do for a long time, but didn’t have a project to focus on.  The missions of the Falkor crew and the ROV SuBastian team were so … Continued