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TAVROS SAUV configuration

Platform: SAUV II
Developer: Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute
Manufacturer: Falmouth Scientific, Inc
Commercial Operator: Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute
Scientific User: University of South Florida


Unlike previous generations of underwater vehicles, it is powered by solar cells instead of batteries which need to be recharged regularly. Second, the robots are equipped with devices which can analyze water on the spot and wirelessly transmit that data back to scientists, a process which at many marine science facilities has been done in the lab. And third, the robots have the ability to report that data back to land in a succinct, 140-character Tweet that can help scientists interpret what is happening in the environment in real time.

Physical Specs

  • Platform: SAUV II Download PDF
  • Body Type: Other
  • Size (LxWxH): 2.30m x 1.10m x 0.50m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 0.60m x 0.20m x 0.20m
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 200.00kg
  • Maximum Depth: 500.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): 8 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Rapid Environmental Assesment

Propulsion System

  • Method: Thrusters
  • DOF: 3
  • Hovering:
  • Nominal Speed: 0.51
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 1.03

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Hand Held