Hydroid Dives into Navy Contract

The Naval Oceanogaphic Office, the wing of the Defense Department responsible for charting the ocean bottom, has signed a five-year support contract with Hydroid, the Pocasset, MA-based maker of robot submarines. Okay, they’re actually called AUVs, or autonomous underwater vehicles—not to be confused with UAVs, for unmanned aerial vehicles (though we wrote about those earlier this week.)

The office, based at Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, owns four AUVs supplied by Hydroid: one Remus 100 sub and three Remus 6000 vehicles. (Remus, of course, is another acronym, standing for Remote Environmental Measuring Units.) The Remus 6000 can dive to a depth of 20,000 feet, carrying sensors such as side-scan sonar, video cameras, and acoustic imagers. The vehicles are used in hydrographic surveys, harbor security, debris field mapping, and scientific sampling and mapping.

Under the contract, Hydroid will supply the office with spare parts, service, and support for the Remus vehicles. The amount of the contract was not revealed.

“We are excited to see our technology making an impact on naval oceanography and underwater exploration and look forward to continuing our partnership with NAVO,” Christopher von Alt, Hydroid’s president and co-founder, said in the company’s announcement of the contract.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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