RAUVER (Remote/Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Experimentation and Research) is the first AUV built in the OSL. Rauver is a hover-capable intervention AUV that can be used in multiple operation modes. Designed primarily for scientific experimentation and general sub-sea research, Rauver is an extremely useful tool. It constitutes a platform for new autonomous software systems and is used for missions requiring a hover-capable vehicle.
Rauver is currently de-commissioned (March 2010) and is awaiting re-development.
The Ocean System Laboratory’s research vehicle: RAUVER, is a field-proven hover-capable Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). It is designed for inshore (sheltered water) inspection and light-intervention with very low logistics. RAUVER Mk1, a tethered AUV/ROV was launched in June 1999. RAUVER Mk2, a full AUV, was launched in August 2004. News (1 Feb ’05): RAUVER’s navigation system is currently being upgraded with a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), which will provide significantly greater accuracy and usability than the current system.