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SPARUS II platform

Manufacturer: University Of Girona Center for Research Underwater Robotics


The SPARUS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) was conceived in the Underwater Robotics Research Centre (CIRS) of the University of Girona (Spain). The first version was designed in 2010 to participate in the European Student AUV competition, organized by CMRE in La Spezia (Italy). The robot won the competition and, since then, it has collaborated in several research projects. In 2013, a new version of the robot, SPARUS II AUV, was finished and is now being commercialized.

SPARUS II AUV is a lightweight hovering vehicle with mission-specific payload area and efficient hydrodynamics for long autonomy in shallow water (200 meters). It combines torpedo-shape performance with hovering capability. It is easy to deploy and to operate. The payload area can be customized by the end user and it uses an open software architecture, based on ROS, for mission programming. Its flexibility, easy operation and openness makes the SPARUS II AUV a multipurpose platform that can adapt to industrial, scientific and academic applications.

Key points:
★Torpedo-shape movement: efficient hydrodynamics and long autonomy
★Hovering: high maneuverability
★Lightweight: glider like size and weight
★Easy operation: by 2 people from any boat
★Mission specific payload: open hardware for equipment integration
★Software architecture based on ROS: open software available for download
★Low cost

Physical Specs

  • Body Type: Torpedo
  • Body Material: Aluminum
  • Size (LxWxH): 1.60m x 0.46m x 0.23m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 1.60m x 0.23m x 0.23m
  • Maximum Depth: 200.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: Yes
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Coastal Mapping
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Freshwater Mapping
  • Marine Science Survey
  • Oceanographic Survey
  • Rapid Environmental Assesment
  • Scientific Research
  • Search, Classify and Map
  • Sensor Development
  • Vehicle Research

Propulsion System

  • DOF: 3
  • Hovering: Yes
  • Buoyancy: No
  • Biomimetic: No
  • Thrusters: 3
  • Nominal Speed: 1.50
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 2.00

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