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Bluefin-12S configuration

Platform: Bluefin-12
Developer: MIT AUV Laboratory
Manufacturer: Bluefin Robotics


The Bluefin-12S is a highly modular autonomous underwater vehicle with the ability to carry multiple payloads
simultaneously. Its baseline low-cost navigation solution and 4.5-kWh energy capacity provide ample capability
for most shallow applications. The ultimate configuration of Bluefin-12S is customizable for unique requirements.

FREE-FLOODED MODULARITY – The vehicle design includes swappable payload sections and battery modules for in-field mission reconfiguration. Subsystems can be quickly accessed for rapid turnaround between missions and also allow for in-field maintenance, accelerating operational tempo.

VERSATILITY & SCALABILITY – Standard building blocks enable a variety of configurations without having to design
from scratch. The Bluefin-12S can accommodate new payloads and enhanced energy sections – evolving with
expanding requirements or changing applications. It can also be delivered with an empty payload section and a standard payload interface for customer payload integration.

ACCURATE NAVIGATION – Bluefin’s navigation software combines information from the IMU and multiple other
sensors – including GPS, a DVL, an SVS and a compass – to provide accurate navigation with an error of less than 0.5% of distance traveled, yielding high-quality data without an INS.

EASE OF USE – An intuitive software package enables quick and easy planning and monitoring of missions and rapid post-mission processing and display, and is capable of exporting data to third-party software.

Physical Specs

  • Platform: Bluefin-12
  • Body Type: Torpedo
  • Size (LxWxH): 3.77m x 0.32m x 0.70m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 3.77m x 0.32m x 0.32m
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 213.00kg
  • Maximum Depth: 200.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): 26 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Beach Survey
  • Coastal Mapping
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Freshwater Mapping
  • Harbor and Port Security
  • Marine Science Survey
  • Mine Countermeasures
  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Rapid Environmental Assesment
  • Scientific Research
  • Seabed Mapping
  • Sensor Development
  • Vehicle Research

Propulsion System

  • Method: Thrusters
  • DOF: 3
  • Hovering:
  • Nominal Speed: 2.00
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 2.57

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

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