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Bluefin SandShark configuration

Platform: Bluefin SandShark
Developer: Bluefin Robotics
Manufacturer: Bluefin Robotics


The Bluefin SandShark is a small, open-platform, autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) designed for developers. SandShark combines a standardized low-cost tail with core vehicle systems, a large modular payload area, and an open development platform. This combination provides a flexible subsea “reference design” to support rapid technology development.

Uniquely, SandShark is built on open source software and allows end-users to modify or replace all aspects of the vehicle’s software stack. The payload interface allows integration with a variety of open autonomy frameworks (ROS, MOAA, JAUS, MOOS, LCM) and software development environments (C++, Python, MATLAB) in use.

EASY-TO-MODIFY MODULAR DESIGN – With SandShark, you can change or replace anything, so the design possibilities are nearly limitless. Features like quick-connect fins for tool-less field replacement and modular body components make SandShark fast and easy to modify.

LARGE USER-DEFINED PAYLOAD CAPACITY – SandShark features a roomy payload bay, making up over half the vehicle, to accommodate a wide range of sensors and other components. SandShark is the ideal test platform for small low-power subsea sensors and scenarios.

ENGINEERING SUPPORT AND TRAINING – Bluefin provides training and engineering support for UUV component developers. We can help you get up and running with SandShark quickly, and provide ongoing support for your development efforts.



Physical Specs

  • Platform: Bluefin SandShark Download PDF
  • Body Type: Torpedo
  • Size (LxWxH): 0.60m x 0.01m x 0.01m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 0.60m x 0.01m x 0.01m
  • Hull Material: ABS
  • Weight: 6.50kg
  • Maximum Depth: 30.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): Information not available
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Sensor Development
  • Vehicle Research

Propulsion System

  • Method: Thrusters
  • DOF: 6
  • Hovering:
  • Nominal Speed: 0.00
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 0.00

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Hand Held

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