The University of Washington's Seaglider Fabrication Center (SFC) provides new Deepgliders™, Seagliders™, operator training, and glider refurbishment. SFC is a division of the School of Oceanography, College of the Environment, and is managed by Dr. Fritz Stahr. For questions, please contact him by email or phone:+1-206-543-7886.
Created in 2005, the Seaglider Fabrication Center has been providing Seagliders and related parts and services to a wide variety of users, especially to investigators at UW. In 2006, it shipped its first Seagliders to an outside customer - Dr. Glenn Carter at the University of Hawaii. Since then they've also shipped and supported gliders at Oregon State University, Alfred Wegner Institute, University of Cyprus, Scottish Association of Marine Science, University of West Australia (ANFOG group of IMOS), and the U.S. Navy (NAVO & NUWC). At UW they've provided gliders and support to Dr.s Charlie Eriksen, Craig Lee, Neil Bogue, Marc Stewart, Kristi Morgansen, Jim Luby and their groups.
In 2008, UW selected iRobot Corporation's Maritime Systems Division to manufacture and support Seagliders under license. The technology transfer and support for iRobot was managed and conducted through SFC throughout its license. In late 2012, iRobot gave up the business and UW in turn licensed the technology to Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. for production and support for all customers outside UW. Again, technology transfer and support of Kongsberg is managed through SFC.
In 2015, SFC made available for commercial purchase the 6000 meter cabable Deepglider™. For more information and specifications, see Deepglider page below.
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