NURC’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicles at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

Affiliated with the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are an evolving class of subsea robotics presently being effectively applied to oceanographic research. As platforms for scientific sensors, these vehicles operate at depths, over distances, and with endurances that cannot be achieved with the same economies using human-guided devices.

The UNCW NURP center recognizes the growing importance of AUVs in research applications and is committed to the operation of two state-of-the-art vehicles: a large-frame, deepwater Explorer-class vehicle, Eagle Ray, from International Submarine Engineering and a high-endurance Slocum-class underwater glider, Pelagia, from Webb Research.