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Light Autonomous Vehicle LAUV configuration

Platform: Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Developer: University of Porto Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory
Manufacturer: OceanScan- MST
Scientific User: University of Porto Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory


LAUV – Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

The LAUV is an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle targeted at innovative standalone or networked operations for cost-effective oceanographic, hydrographic and security and surveillance surveys. The LAUV is a lightweight, one-man-portable vehicle that can be easily launched, operated and recovered with a minimal operational setup. The operation of the LAUV does not require extensive operator’s training. The LAUV is an affordable, highly operational and effective surveying tool. Starting at a basic functional system that includes communications, computational system and basic navigation sensors, the LAUV capabilities are built up adding optional payload modules.

LAUV Basic configuration

  • Dimensions: L110 X D15 cm
  • Weight: 15 kg
  • Maximum Depth: 50 m
  • Endurance: up to 8 hours @ 3 knots
  • Speed: up to 4 knots
  • Wireless communications: WiFi, GSM/HSDPA
  • Navigation: GPS, Compass, Depth Sensor


  • Acoustic Modem
  • Side-Scan Sonar
  • Single & Multi-beam Echo-sounder
  • Forward Looking Sonar
  • Digital Camera
  • CTD sensor
  • Water Quality Sensors
  • Turbidity Sensor
  • Scattering Sensor
  • Fluorescence Sensor
  • Doppler Velocity Log (DVL)
  • Sound Velocity Sensor (SVS)
  • High Precision INS
  • Long BaseLine (LBL)

Physical Specs

  • Platform: Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
  • Body Type: Torpedo
  • Size (LxWxH): 1.10m x 0.15m x 0.15m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 1.10m x 0.15m x 0.15m
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 15.00kg
  • Maximum Depth: 50.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): 8 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Coastal Mapping
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Force Protection
  • Freshwater Mapping
  • Geophysical Survey
  • Harbor and Port Security
  • Marine Science Survey
  • Mine Countermeasures
  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Rapid Environmental Assesment
  • Seabed Mapping
  • Search and Recovery
  • Search, Classify and Map

Propulsion System

  • Method: Thrusters
  • DOF: 3
  • Hovering:
  • Nominal Speed: 1.50
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 2.06

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Hand Held

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