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CATALYST Technology

Innovative, efficient and versatile with no crew or cables…

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
The Waitt Institute makes use of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) in order to navigate underwater without a human crew onboard and without cables connecting it to a research vessel at the sea surface.

CATALYST REMUS 6000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
The Waitt Institute owns and operates two REMUS 6000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) to support its CATALYST Program. This innovative and efficient technology can be used for numerous exploration and mapping purposes, including marine conservation, ocean health studies, geological charting and archaeological investigation.

Advantages of the AUVs

Ted Waitt discusses the benefits of using AUV technology.

REMUS AUVs can be configured to include a wide array of sensors depending upon expedition requirements. They can be used for hydrographic surveys, environmental monitoring, debris field mapping, search operations, fishery operations, scientific sampling and mapping. As versatile research tools, the AUVs also can be outfitted with dual frequency side‐scan sonar, sub‐bottom profilers, conductivity/temperature/depth sensors, pressure sensors, acoustic modems, fluorometers and digital still cameras.


More on how the AUVs work…

The REMUS 6000 AUV was designed under a cooperative program involving the Naval Oceanographic Office, the Office of Naval Research and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in support of deep‐water autonomous operations. The AUV continues to be developed at the WHOI Oceanographic Systems Laboratory. Hydroid, Inc. of Pocasset, Mass., now manufactures the vehicles.

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