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MolaMola configuration

Platform: SeaBED
Manufacturer: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Commercial Operator: National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology


Autonomous Undersea Vehicle MolaMola

NIUST’s newest addition to its AUV fleet is a SeaBED class AUV. This AUV was developed by Dr. Hanumant Singh, a WHOI scientist and his colleagues. The AUV, now dubbed MolaMola, after the Ocean Sunfish, can either fly slowly or hover over the seafloor at depths down to 6,000 feet (2,000 meters), making it particularly suited to collect highly detailed sonar and optical images of the seafloor. Maintaining a constant altitude and speed of ½ knot, MolaMola will be used to fly about 8 feet (2.5 meters) above the seafloor, flashing its strobe light and snapping a photo every three seconds.

Physical Specs

  • Platform: SeaBED Download PDF
  • Body Type: Open Space Frame
  • Size (LxWxH): 1.90m x 0.34m x 1.78m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 1.90m x 0.34m x 0.34m
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 200.00kg
  • Maximum Depth: 2,000.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: Yes
  • Endurance (nominal load): 8 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Seabed Mapping

Propulsion System

  • Method: Biomemetric
  • DOF: 3
  • Hovering: Yes
  • Nominal Speed: 1.00
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 1.50

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Crane