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Artemis configuration

Platform: Bluefin-21
Manufacturer: Bluefin Robotics
Commercial Operator: Phoenix International


Phoenix International’s Artemis  AUV is a highly capable search/survey system equipped with a “state-of-the-art” survey payload suite that includes side scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, multibeam echosounder and digital camera. An onboard Inertial Navigation System and an Ultrashort Baseline System capability provides for accurate navigation and positioning of the vehicle.  

The system’s small size permits mobilization on Vessels of Opportunity while its modular design and field swappable batteries allow for rapid turn-around times which results in more efficient operations. The vehicle, batteries and support equipment are designed to be easily broken down and packaged for rapid shipment, an ideal feature essential to Phoenix’s need to support its worldwide operations on short notice and to remote regions. In its current configuration, the Phoenix Artemis can operate in water depths of up to 5000 meters, giving Phoenix the ability to perform search and survey operations in 75% of the world’s oceans.

Artemis  Advantages

  • Highly portable with small onboard footprint
  • High accuracy/High resolution seafloor imagery
  • Small turning radius reduces survey time and improves cost efficiency
  • Minimal support equipment results in lower deployment costs
  • Multiple payload sensors can be synchronized for simultaneous data collection on a single pass reducing survey time/cost

The system boasts field-swappable batteries, a top-tier integrated inertial navigation solution with Doppler and acoustic baseline aiding, and a state-of-the-art survey payload suite including side scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, multibeam echosounder. A high resolution digital camera is a additional package.

The current vehicle is rated at 5005 meters.

Inertial Navigation System           Kearfott Custom KN-6053
ADCP/Doppler Velocity Log          Teledyne RDI Workhorse Navigator 300kHz
Ring Laser Gyro                          Kearfott T24 Monolithic RLG
Acoustic Positioning System         Lodestar GyroUSBL [8084]
Depth Sensor                             Paroscientific 8CB7000-I
GPS                                           Thales/Ashtech DG14
Sound Velocity Sensor                 Valeport Mini SVS

Acoustic modem                        Sonardyne AvTrak 6 [8220]
RDF Beacon                              Bluefin – RDF
RF Serial                                  Link Freewave FGRMT
Iridium Satellite Modem             NAL 9601-D-1
Ethernet Direct                          Cirexx CPU1232 Ethernet

Acoustic Payload
Multibeam Echosounder            Reson 7125 (400 kHz)
Side Scan Sonar                       EdgeTech 2200-M (120 / 410 kHz)
Sub-bottom Profiler                  EdgeTech DW2-16 (2-16 kHz)

Optical Payload
Camera                                   Prosilica GX1920
Sensor                                    Sony ICX674
Resolution                              1936 x 1456 pixels


Physical Specs

  • Platform: Bluefin-21 Download PDF
  • Body Type: Torpedo
  • Size (LxWxH): 5.26m x 0.53m x 0.53m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 5.26m x 0.53m x 0.53m
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 800.00kg
  • Maximum Depth: 5,005.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): 20 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Seabed Mapping
  • Search and Recovery
  • Cable Route Survey
  • Oil and Gas Survey
  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Photometric Survey
  • Anti-Submarine Warfare

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


  • Sonardyne International AVTrack 6


  • EdgeTech 2200-M
  • Teledyne RESON SeaBat 7125
  • Sonardyne International Sonardyne AvTrak2 Transponder


  • Teledyne Benthos Bethos ATM 885 Acoustic Modem

Mission Considerations

  • Mission Planning
  • None specified

  • Autonomy
  • None specified

  • Sensors
  • Allied Vision Technologies ATV Prosilica GE1900 Camera (Prosilica GE1900)

  • Sensed Properties
  • None specified

  • Payload Bays
  • None specified