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Epaulard configuration

Platform: L'Epaulard
Manufacturer: ECA S.A.
Commercial Operator: Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer


ECA built one of the world's first AUV's the Epaulard, in 1980, in association with the French oceanology research institute, Ifremer. This original vehicle was capable of diving to 6,000 meters water depth and was operated remotely by an acoustic link.

Physical Specs

  • Platform: L'Epaulard
  • Body Type: Teardrop
  • Size (LxWxH): 4.00m x 1.10m x 2.00m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): Information not available
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 2,900.00kg
  • Maximum Depth: 6,000.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: Yes
  • Endurance (nominal load): 7 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Vehicle Research
  • Seabed Mapping
  • Oceanographic Survey

Propulsion System

  • Method: Glider
  • DOF: 3
  • Hovering:
  • Nominal Speed: 0.51
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 0.00

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh