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

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

Pelagia Underwater Glider

The NURC underwater glider, Pelagia, is a Slocum-class autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) built by Webb Research Corporation and designed for long-duration, photic zone oceanographic observations. The glider can be deployed from small vessels of opportunity to perform wide-area ocean surveys lasting on the order of one month. It surveys vertically from the surface to a maximum depth of 100 m in a saw-tooth pattern while following programmed transects from waypoint to waypoint. Routine satellite communications report vehicle status, position, and a subset of near-real time scientific sensor data.