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Eagle Ray configuration

Platform: Ocean Explorer
Manufacturer: International Submarine Engineering
Commercial Operator: National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology


Eagle Ray AUV



The Eagle Ray is an autonomous undersea vehicle (AUV) acquired in 2006 by NOAA’s National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology (NIUST). After an initial test and evaluation period at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the Eagle Ray operations moved to NIUST’s new Undersea Vehicle Technology Center facility at the University of Mississippi. Eagle Ray is designed to produce high-resolution seafloor mapping at depths up to 2200 m. In addition to mapping applications, it is also designed to carry additional wet and dry payloads, making it especially suitable for instrument and sensor development projects. Development of improved seismic capability, sub-bottom profiling and methane sensors are planned. The Eagle Ray is available for NOAA and academic research charters. The AUV is provided with an onboard workshop/storage container meeting UNOLS specifications and a stern mounted launch and recovery system.

Physical Specs

  • Platform: Ocean Explorer
  • Body Type: Torpedo
  • Size (LxWxH): 4.50m x 0.69m x 0.69m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 4.50m x 0.69m x 0.69m
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 630.00kg
  • Maximum Depth: 3,000.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: Yes
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): 22 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Anti-Submarine Warfare

Propulsion System

  • Method: Thrusters
  • DOF: 3
  • Hovering:
  • Nominal Speed: 1.54
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 2.57

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Crane


  • Kearfott Kearfott KN-5050 SEANAV INS/GPS Navigator

Mission Considerations

  • Mission Planning
  • None specified

  • Autonomy
  • None specified

  • Sensors
  • Paroscientific Paroscientific series 9000 Pressure Instrument (Digiquartz 9000)

  • Sensed Properties
  • None specified

  • Payload Bays
  • None specified