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

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.