A technical guide to the deep submergence research vehicle (DSRV) ALVIN for use in planning scientific missions
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This report has been compiled to aid scientists and other users in planning deep submergence missions in the DSRV ALVIN. It is general in nature, and covers the personnel, electrical, mechanical, and operation aspects of the vehicle and its support ship. The intent is to aid prospective users in marrying their programs and research equipment to the vehicle. The information has been arranged in a format that will allow the scientist to review specific areas of interest. Enough technical information is provided to allow a start on designing or adapting the science mission and equipment to the existing vehicle. In the event the basic vehicle configuration is not compatible with the mission requirement, the staff of the Deep Submergence Research Vehicle Program is available for consultation or technical guidance. Profile, plan, and sectional drawings of the submersible, Figures 1 and 2, have been included to acquaint the scientist with the nomenclature and general design of the electro-mechanical systems of the vehicle. The location and general configuration of the various flood lamps, cameras, and other science equipment are clearly shown. Management policies and operational responsibilities have not been included in this report. A detailed Management Plan for the Deep Submergence Research Vehicle Program is available. Copies will be furnished to the scientific observer when requested.