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Caribou configuration

Platform: Odyssey
Manufacturer: Bluefin Robotics
Commercial Operator: MIT AUV Laboratory


Caribou is the AUV Lab’s newest vehicle. Recently built by Bluefin Robotics Corporation this AUV represents the culmination of significant development efforts. Featuring a modular hull design and the latest evolution of AUV navigation, propulsion and power systems, Caribou provides significant new autonomous survey capabilities and flexibility for other scientific needs.

Equipped with state-of-the-art sensors this AUV can collect high-quality data. Caribou’s modular payload sections allow one core vehicle to support widely different science missions. The initial section is designed to accommodate the Edgetech(R) FS-AU side-scan sonar and sub-bottom profiler. Additional payload modules are being designed. The AUV Lab is looking forward to applying Caribou to a wide spectrum of research efforts including: archaeological remote sensing, multi-static acoustic modeling, fisheries resource studies and development of concurrent mapping and localization techniques.

Physical Specs

  • Platform: Odyssey
  • Body Type: Torpedo
  • Size (LxWxH): 3.45m x 0.58m x 0.58m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 3.45m x 0.58m x 0.58m
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 400.00kg
  • Maximum Depth: 3,000.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): 20 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Beach Survey
  • Coastal Mapping
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Freshwater Mapping
  • Geophysical Survey
  • Hydro-acoustic Research
  • Marine Science Survey
  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Rapid Environmental Assesment
  • Scientific Research
  • Seabed Mapping
  • Sensor Development
  • Vehicle Research

Propulsion System

  • Method: Thrusters
  • DOF: 3
  • Hovering:
  • Nominal Speed: 1.54
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 2.06

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

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