|Actuation/ Engine||1 Main thruster (pan-tiltable)|
|2 lateral thrusters, each 600W.|
|2 buoyancy engines (each 0.7l volume)|
|Sensors||Evologics S2CR 48/78 USBL|
|Rowe 1.2MHz dual-head DVL|
|KVH 1750 3-Achs FOG/IMU|
|Paroscientific series 6000 pressure sensor|
|Micron DST obstacle-avoidance sonar|
|2x Reson TC4013 hydrophone, ground-stereo camera s|
|9x 3500 lm LED-flasher|
|Communication||USBL (modem function)|
|Ethernet (when tethered with either copper or fibe|
|WiFi at the surface)|
The shape is specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Europa-Explorer-Project: a pilot survey for future missions to Jupiter's moon Europa. It focuses on the aspect of navigation of robotic systems on and especially under the ice-shield of Europa. Below the surface an ocean comprised of liquid water is expected. After penetration of the ice-shield an exploration can be conducted.
The AUV has a very small diameter (in order to fit into an ice drill) as well as a hydro dynamically optimized outer hull (in order to reduce energy consumption and enable long-range missions).
The vehicle is equipped with a large number of different navigation sensors since localization quality and availability are of key importance – in the Europa-Explorer-scenario the vehicle has to return to its starting position (ice drill) even after having conducted long-distance missions.
Besides operating fully-autonomously, the AUV can be operated in hybrid-ROV-mode by connecting either a fiber or copper data cable.
Describes the project, it's specifications, sponsors, team, and application fields.