Our marine sensing technologies enable exploration, discovery and conservation of the oceans. We partner with industry, government agencies and universities to build and deploy our technologies on a global scale.
ROV & AUV INTEGRATION
IN-SITU ANALYSIS WITHOUT SAMPLING
LOW-ABUNDANCE ORGANICS DETECTION
DEVELOPED FOR EXTENDED DEPLOYMENT
Impossible has partnered with the SETI Institute in the InVADER project (In-situ Vent Analysis Divebot for Exobiology Research), a NASA-funded research program launching IMS tech to the ocean floor. InVADER will "transform the technological and operational arsenal available for future Ocean World exploration," (SETI). Deploying 2020, InVADER will make its way to the Axial Seamount, largest and most active volcano that sits on the western boundary of the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate.
With InVADER, we bring next-generation space exploration tools 1500 meters below the ocean surface. This way, our project offers unprecedented opportunities to bridge studies of Earth’s oceans and mission concepts to explore oceans in our Solar System. InVADER brings together an exceptionally qualified team of senior and junior scientists, engineers, and students, including student interns from the community college. The team will leverage NASA and National Science Foundation (NSF) investments – the NSF funds and the University of Washington operates and manages the Regional Cabled Array where InVADER will be deployed – to further technological advances that will enhance our scientific understanding of oceans on Earth and beyond.
SETI Press Release: HERE
Follow InVADER HERE
Our OPTICX (OPTrode Immersion multi-Chemistry eXplorer) system is a novel optrode-based instrument for the rapid, in-situ, autonomous measurement of multiple chemical species concentrations in ocean waters, including pH, dissolved oxygen (O2), carbonate ion (CO32-), and nitrate (NO3-). OPTICX integrates multiple optical transducers, or optrodes, a game-changing technology in ocean monitoring. Optrodes provide much-needed sensor-monitoring platform synergies and adaptive science strategies in communication- and power-limited platforms. Our technology improves the understanding of spatial and temporal variability in ocean biogeochemistry and provides a transformative tool for future autonomous, in-situ sensing.