Hydroid, Inc. A Kongsberg Company announced today that Florida Atlantic University (FAU) ordered two REMUS 100 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) systems. The two Hydroid REMUS 100 Vehicles will be operated by FAU's Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering. They are part of FAU's National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program (NSF MRI) award and are intended to complement FAU's capabilities and enable research in cooperative behavior between AUVs.
According to Edgar An, Principal Investigator on the NSF award, the two new REMUS 100 systems will be used to advance research in use of multiple AUVs and in high-speed data communication. It is expected that the REMUS vehicles and the associated research will benefit new research opportunities at the Institute, including the development of fixed and mobile autonomous surface and underwater platforms for studies of coastal processes, studies of ocean noise and its impact on marine mammals, air-sea interaction, and characterization of electromagnetic fields in the coastal oceans.
Hydroid Inc. holds the exclusive license from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the manufacture and further development of the REMUS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) technology. In June 2008, Hydroid was acquired by Kongsberg Maritime, and now offers the REMUS and HUGIN family of autonomous vehicles that meet a full range of autonomous needs.