Successful Voyage

After 221 days at sea, through storms and swells and strong currents, Rutgers’ RU27 unmanned research glider arrived in Spain on December 4, completing a historic trans-Atlantic mission.

The town of Baiona, Spain, joined Rutgers University Coastal Ocean Observation Lab (RU COOL) scientists and students in celebrating the voyage of the eight-foot-long, torpedo-shaped submersible, dubbed the “Scarlet Knight.”

The successful trek gathered critical information about the conditions of the Atlantic Ocean, knowledge that can increase the world’s understanding of climate change, pollution, and weather patterns.

“The flight was a collaboration we can all be proud of. In the United States, it was inspired by a challenge from NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] in 2006, initially financed by Rutgers alumni, built with our long-term industry partner Teledyne Webb Research, and supported by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System. In Spain, the flight and recovery were made possible through collaborations with Puertos del Estado, the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, PLOCAN, and Qualitas Remos,” Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences Scott Glenn said.

Delve into the mission of the RU COOL Scarlet Knight glider.

Telling a Great Story

The recovery of RU27

In close collaboration with the university’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Dena Seidel, a Rutgers Writers House instructor, and a crew of former and current Writers House students filmed the progress of the RU glider, from launch to recovery.

The result is the engrossing one-hour documentary Atlantic Crossing. View a trailer.