Autosub Long Range (aka Boaty McBoatface) is an autonomous underwater vehicle developed at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. For its maiden voyage, University of Southampton oceanographers led by Alberto Naveira Garabato deployed the ALR around Orkney Passage as part of the DynOPO (Dynamics of the Orkney Passage Outflow, oceanmixing.github.io/projects/dynopo/) field operations in 2017.
During the recent DynOPO 2017 cruise, we created a fly-through animation of Autosub Long Range's voyage (3.5 days, compressed into 3.5 minutes) to visualise its progress. It has cameo appearances by a Rockland Vertical Microstructure Profiler and the British Antarctic Survey ship, the RRS James Clark Ross.
The animation itself uses the ALR's pitch, heading, roll, propeller speed and position information, the JCR heading and position, and the VMP position and depth.
Coded in Matlab. Created by Eleanor Frajka-Williams (co-investigator on DynOPO project) with help from Rob Templeton (National Oceanography Centre, Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems engineer - noc.ac.uk/facilities/marine-autonomous-robotic-systems/autosubs), and input from several members of the expedition.
See how Boaty was constructed in Matlab here: vimeo.com/eleanorfrajka/building-boaty-using-matlab
And a sideview of the same mission: vimeo.com/eleanorfrajka/sideview-boaty-mission
Note: The bathymetry is emphasised by a factor of 4. ALR is not to scale, relative to the bathymetry, ship or VMP.