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Mission: send first underwater glider round the world

Scientists from Rutgers University, a Mid-Atlantic partner of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, recently launched a second test mission, called “Challenger,” aimed at sending the first unmanned, underwater robotic vehicle — known as a “glider” — around the world.

The scientists launched the remote-controlled glider from South Africa and plan to navigate it to northern Brazil, a mission that could last up to a year. In the first test mission, a glider went from Iceland to the Canary Islands. That glider is also now headed for Brazil.

Gliders collect data about marine environments, such as water currents, temperature, and conditions that reveal the effects of storms on fisheries and water quality.

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