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Center for Ocean Enterprise

Testing and Prototype Modifications

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USM has wired the Gulf of Mexico with relocatable environmental and oceanographic tools critical for testing and performance evaluation of uncrewed maritime systems (UMS). The capabilities of UMS can be demonstrated, tested, and evaluated in an area with a broad range of oceanographic, acoustic propagation and environmental variabilities. The deployed measurement nodes consist of a wave rider buoy system, an ocean meteorological buoy, and a subsurface ambient noise and CTD mooring. The capability to create a four-dimensional ocean cube supports comprehensive understanding and predictive modeling of the surface and subsurface environments in the northern Gulf of Mexico.



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Bench Testing and Fabrication 

Our co-located waterfront access and fabrication/lab facility make it easy to test on the water, make rapid manufactured prototype adjustments, and be back on the water quickly. 

The Fab Lab at the MRC includes the following equipment for refining and adjusting prototypes:

  • CNC Milling Machine
  • CNC Lathe
  • CNC Plasma Table
  • Manual Milling Machine
  • Manual Lathe
  • Drill Press
  • Bench Grinder
  • Oscillating Sander/Disk Sander
  • Vertical Band Saw
  • Horizontal Band Saw
  • Cold Cut Saw
  • Iron Worker
  • Shop Press
  • Manual Slip Roll
  • Manual Break
  • Manual Shear
  • MIG Welding
  • TIG Welding
  • 3D Printing
  • Filament Printer
  • Resin Printer
  • Hybrid Laser/Router Table (cutting, non-metal)
  • Laser Cleaning
  • Handheld Laser Cleaner


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Ocean Enterprise
USM Marine Research Center
1030 30th Avenue
Gulfport, MS 39501

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