So this weekend, Silbo took another step in the V.I.G. club breaking the barrier and recording his 9,000 km since deployment off of Iceland!
Over three deployments beginning in June of 2011, Silbo has spent 433 days (and counting) at sea pushing the limits of the Slocum glider and collecting valuable flight data that is being applied to the Rutgers Gliders that will be used in the Challenger mission, including RU29: Challenger.
And as we have seen a number of times through our experience with Silbo, sometimes our ocean models fall short and do not have a high enough resolution to show us the whole picture of what he oceans are doing.
For example, right now we are flying between a warm and cold eddy which the models show creating a jet shooting out to the northwest. However Challenger is feeling the effects of a current going to the south east. This combined with the way point to the North, results in Challenger flying due north but making very little progress. We will discuss a new waypoint and try and make our way out west.
Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday Everyone!
Force Wind Sea & Honor!!