All nine French OBS are back
25 November 2013
Under a gorgeous tropical sun, no wind, calm sea, we recovered the last of nine French OBS from the INSU instrument pool. Relief was written on the faces of our two engineers Romuald Daniel and Xuan Li, who had worked hard to ensure the good functioning of the instruments and their safe return to the surface. So the hardware recovery was 100%, and we estimate that the overall data recovery rate (duration of useful functioning) for these 9 OBS will be around 80% -- a very good result for this kind of experiment, especially since several of the instruments had been deployed for the first time. Bravo and thanks very much to Romuald and Xuan.
We need to recover 4 more of the 48 German OBS, and we are awaiting them impatiently.