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Sirius configuration

Platform: SeaBED
Manufacturer: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Commercial Operator: Australian Centre for Field Robotics


The University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is leading the IMOS AUV Facility and has an ocean going Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)called Sirius capable of undertaking high resolution survey work. This platform is a modified version of a mid-size robotic vehicle called Seabed built at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The submersible is equipped with a full suite of oceanographic instruments, including a high resolution stereo camera pair and strobes, a multibeam sonar, depth and conductivity/temperature sensors, Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) including a compass with integrated roll and pitch sensors, Ultra Short Baseline Acoustic Positioning System (USBL) and forward looking obstacle avoidance sonar. As part of IMOS, the vehicle will be enhanced with a Wetlabs Eco Puck, measuring chlorophyll-a, CDOM and scattering (red), and an Aanderaa Optode, measuring dissolved oxygen concentrations.

Physical Specs

  • Platform: SeaBED Download PDF
  • Body Type: Open Space Frame
  • Size (LxWxH): 2.00m x 1.50m x 1.50m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 1.90m x 0.34m x 0.34m
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: Information not available
  • Maximum Depth: 700.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): Information not available
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Seabed Mapping
  • Environmental Monitoring

Propulsion System

  • Method: Biomemetric
  • DOF: 3
  • Hovering: Yes
  • Nominal Speed: 1.00
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 1.50

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh


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