August 2016 - Marine Technology Reporter

MTR100: MRV Systems LLC

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MRV Systems provides profiling floats and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) geared for measuring the oceans’ physical properties. MRV products are designed to be low-cost and high-endurance, to enable efficient exploration of the oceans, particularly in areas where observations by traditional methods are not practical, covering areas from the surface to 6,000m depths. Some are specially designed for ease of air deployment. MRV Systems was founded in 2010, as a spin-off from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, with a license to manufacture the SOLO II profiling float. Since then, MRV has refined the original SOLO II design to the MRV S2-A, and expanded its product line to include an A-size profiling float, the Air Launched Autonomous Micro-Observer (ALAMO). MRV works with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as suppliers to the international Argo Program, under the auspices of the United Nations. Today, the MRV flagship product S2-A constitutes nearly 50 percent of the of the United States commitment to provide replacement autonomous profiling floats to the Argo program. MRV also provides profiling floats to the U. S. Naval Oceanographic Office and NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. MRV has research and development contracts with the U.S. Office of Naval Research to support their scientific and military needs.

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(As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter)

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