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Slocum Electric Glider configuration

Platform: Slocum Glider
Manufacturer: Teledyne Webb Research


Buoyancy driven Slocum Gliders were a vision of Douglas Webb, which Henry Stommel championed in a futuristic vision published in 1989. Slocum Gliders have transitioned from a concept to a technology serving basic research and environmental stewardship. The long duration and low operating costs of Gliders allow them to anchor spatial time series. Large distances, over 600 km, can be covered using a single set of alkaline batteries. Since the initial tests, a wide range of physical and optical sensors have been integrated into the Glider allowing measurements of temperature, salinity, depth averaged currents, surface currents, fluorescence, apparent and inherent optical properties. A command/control center, entitled Dockserver, has been developed that allows users to fly fleets of gliders simultaneously in multiple places around the world via the Internet.


Physical Specs

  • Platform: Slocum Glider
  • Body Type: Torpedo with Wings
  • Size (LxWxH): 1.79m x 1.01m x 0.49m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 1.50m x 0.21m x 0.21m
  • Hull Material: Carbon Fiber
  • Weight: 52.00kg
  • Maximum Depth: 1,000.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: Yes
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): 720 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Scientific Research
  • Rapid Environmental Assesment

Propulsion System

  • Method:
  • DOF: 3
  • Hovering:
  • Nominal Speed: 0.35
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 0.00

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Hand Held