Thirty miles out to sea, Ray Rock swung the Lucky Lady around hard and headed west. Hunched over his laptop, ocean glider pilot Chris Jakubiak shouted out the last four digits of an 11-digit GPS coordinate, then hustled across the cabin to stare out at the sea. "That boat is right where we want to be," Rock said, glancing down at his GPS screen and pointing to where a big fish dragger, with long mantislike stabilizer arms spread wide, towed a net right through the area where the torpedo-shaped glider should be waiting for them…It was one of 12, and as many as 16, such robot gliders scheduled to be in the water from early September to late October. The gliders run programmed routes from Nova Scotia to Georgia assessing ocean conditions at the height of hurricane season in an effort led by Rutgers University’s Coastal Ocean Observation Lab, under the pop-inflected banner Glider Palooza 2013.
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