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Muscle configuration

Platform: Bluefin-21
Manufacturer: Bluefin Robotics
Scientific User: Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation


The MUSCLE SAS AUV uses a navigation and control system built by Bluefin Robotics Corp. (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and a SAS sensor from Thales Underwater Systems (Brest, France). For surface navigation, the AUV uses a global positioning system (GPS) sensor. For underwater navigation, the AUV uses a combination of a Doppler velocity log and an inertial measurement unit.

Physical Specs

  • Platform: Bluefin-21 Download PDF
  • Body Type: Torpedo
  • Size (LxWxH): 3.50m x 0.53m x 0.53m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 3.50m x 0.53m x 0.53m
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: Information not available
  • Maximum Depth: 4,500.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): Information not available
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Vehicle Research
  • Hydro-acoustic Research
  • Scientific Research
  • Mine Countermeasures

Propulsion System

  • Method: Thrusters
  • DOF: 3
  • Hovering:
  • Nominal Speed: 1.54
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 2.30

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Crane