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Nereid (NUI) configuration

Platform: Nereid (NUI)
Manufacturer: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Scientific User: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


The Deep Submergence Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution along with colleagues at Johns Hopkins University and the University of New Hampshire, and supported primarily by a grant from the National Science Foundation, has developed a robotic underwater vehicle that provides the Polar Research Community with a capability to tele-operate, under direct real-time human supervision, a remotely-controlled inspection and survey vehicle, under ice, and unconstrained by the motions of a support vessel. The Nereid Under-Ice (NUI) vehicle enables exploration and detailed examination of biological and physical ice-margin and under-ice environments through the use of high-definition video in addition to a range of acoustic, chemical, and biological sensors tailored to suit the needs of an individual expedition. The goal of the NUI system is to provide scientific access to under-ice and ice-margin environments that is presently impractical or infeasible.

Physical Specs

  • Platform: Nereid (NUI) Download PDF
  • Body Type: Oblate
  • Size (LxWxH): 3.00m x 1.00m x 1.80m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 3.00m x 1.00m x 1.80m
  • Hull Material: ABS
  • Weight: 1,800.00kg
  • Maximum Depth: 2,000.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: Yes
  • Endurance (nominal load): 11 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Marine Science Survey
  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Seabed Mapping
  • Anti-Submarine Warfare

Propulsion System

  • Method:
  • DOF: 6
  • Hovering: Yes
  • Nominal Speed: 1.00
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 1.30

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Crane


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