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Nereus platform

Manufacturer: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Nereus is a novel operational underwater vehicle designed to perform scientific survey and sampling to the full depth of the ocean of 11,000 meters — almost twice the depth of any present-day operational vehicle. Nereus operates in two different modes. For broad area survey, the vehicle can operate untethered as an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) capable of exploring and mapping the sea floor with sonars and cameras. For close up imaging and sampling, Nereus can be converted at sea to operate as a tethered remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

Physical Specs

  • Body Type: Open Space Frame
  • Body Material: Ceramic
  • Size (LxWxH): 5.00m x 2.00m x 1.50m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 0.50m x 0.36m x 0.36m
  • Maximum Depth: 11,000.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

Propulsion System

  • DOF: 6
  • Hovering: Yes
  • Buoyancy: No
  • Biomimetic: No
  • Thrusters: 5
  • Nominal Speed: 1.50
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 0.00