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Autosub6000 configuration

Platform: Autosub6000
Manufacturer: National Oceanography Centre
Commercial Operator: National Oceanography Centre


Autosub6000 is the latest 6000 m rated version of the Autosub AUV series, which has been used extensively for ocean science during the last 10 years, including work under ice operations in the Arctic and Antarctic. The design of the nose and tail sections, including the navigation and control systems, are substantially inherited from the tried and tested Autosub3. The main difference is the depth rating (6000m rather than 1600m), and the energy system (Lithium Polymer rechargeable batteries rather than primary manganese alkaline cells).

With an ultimate range up to 1000 km, a maximum operating depth of 6000 m, and a generous payload capacity of 0.5 m3, Autosub6000 will be one of the world’s most capable deep diving science Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).

Physical Specs

  • Platform: Autosub6000
  • Body Type: Torpedo
  • Size (LxWxH): 5.50m x 0.90m x 0.90m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 5.50m x 0.90m x 0.90m
  • Hull Material: Titanium
  • Weight: 2,000.00kg
  • Maximum Depth: 6,000.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: Yes
  • Endurance (nominal load): 70 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Geophysical Survey
  • Marine Science Survey
  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Seabed Mapping
  • Vehicle Research

Propulsion System

  • Method: Thrusters
  • DOF:
  • Hovering:
  • Nominal Speed: 1.00
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 2.00

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Crane