Xeos Beacon joins Leggo Lander Expedition to the Bottom of the Ocean - Challenger Deep – and Back

January 15, 2015

Xeos alarm and locating beacons have been to the bottom of Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot in the planet’s oceans, and back – three times. Xeos would like to congratulate the team of the Leggo Lander Expedition and the Schmidt Ocean Institute for their groundbreaking research and thank them for using Xeos beacons for security and recovery.

The Leggo Lander expedition took place Dec 14-21, 2014, in conjunction with the Schmidt Ocean Institute.  The team used instrumentation landers, equipment capable of withstanding the almost 16,000 pounds per square inch of pressure at the bottom of the trench. The landers were fitted with equipment to measure sound, film the environment, collect seawater animals and sediment, and collect additional data to better understand the nature of the ocean depths.

The three Xeos recovery beacons, rated to 11,000 m below sea level, were used to secure the expensive equipment and irreplaceable sensor data. In the event of a mishap, the beacon would alert researchers if the equipment rose to the surface and help them locate it.

“It is hard to describe how exciting it is to be a part of such groundbreaking exploration. This is cutting edge research which is pushing the boundaries of technology,” says Darren Penney, Director of Business Development – Environmental Monitoring. “We’re proud that our designs can stand up to the challenge and be a part of it.”

In fact, the research set several world records in the process.  One of the records set was for the deepest microbes ever collected and maintained at their natural pressure environment. 

Xeos was very proud that its equipment was able to aid in the recovery of the lander and looks forward to working with USCD and Doug Barlett's team on future projects.

Matt Norenberg with the Lander Equipment

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