Innovative Flying Leads for Cabled Ocean Observatories



Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), an initiative by the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, operates and maintains world-class cabled ocean observatories that offer continuous power and communications capabilities to their users. These observatories enable hundreds of scientists around the world

to initiate all types of seabed-based research and receive continuous streams of data at their locations in real-time. 

Enabling sensitive instruments such as pressure recorders, acoustic Doppler profilers, underwater cameras, hydrophones,

seismometers, and sensors of all kinds to be literally “plugged-in," right on the ocean floor, ONC observatories allow the collection of data on physical, chemical, biological and geological aspects of the ocean over long periods of time, supporting research on complex Earth processes and sea life in ways not previously possible.

ONC partnered with Teledyne to develop a set of electrical/optical flying leads to network these sensors in a way that would provide reliable connectivity for 20 years. 

Read more about the chall​enges ONC and Teledyne had to overcome to provide an innovative solution.