Schmidt Ocean Institute has successfully operatedΒ several AUVs including Sentry, Iver, and Sirius.

Schmidt Ocean Institute and R/V Falkor are proud to support advanced and emerging research technologies such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). These robotic, unmanned submarine platforms provide access to areas that may otherwise not be explored and act as force multipliers, allowing one ship to research a greater area than would otherwise be possible. Falkor has hosted numerous AUVs from commercially available systems, to units still in development where modifications are being made aboard the ship between dives. The future will likely see autonomous systems which can perform many research functions without the support of a ship at all. Schmidt Ocean Institute is excited to help bring about these exciting new technologies.

Professor Stefan Williams and Deckhand Erik Suits watch from a zodiac as AUV Sirius is recovered to the aft deck.

What is an AUV?

An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) is an unmanned underwater robot that is capable of independently completing a pre-programmed mission.

The Sentry autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) is prepared for a test launch in port.

What can an AUV do?

An AUV can work in tandem with other robotic systems to complete oceanographic research missions and provides excellent seafloor mapping and seawater characterization. Unlike ROVs, AUVs can travel without operator input once they are programed at the surface. They can collect a large amount of visual data through photomosaicing, as well as seawater data, depending on the sensors added.