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RAUVER configuration

Platform: RAUVER
Manufacturer: Heriot-Watt University Ocean Systems Laboratory


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.

Physical Specs

  • Platform: RAUVER
  • Body Type: Open Space Frame
  • Size (LxWxH): Information not available
  • Body Size (LxWxH): Information not available
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: Information not available
  • Maximum Depth: Information not available
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: No
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): Information not available
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Vehicle Research
  • Hull Inspection

Propulsion System

  • Method:
  • DOF:
  • Hovering: Yes
  • Nominal Speed: 0.00
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 0.00

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Crane

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