The Oceanids programme is delivering sustainable research infrastructure through advancements in: vehicle design, autonomy and AI, command-control and data management, and ocean sensing.


Oceanids has continued the successful line of Autosub Long Range AUVs with the development of ALR1500. This class of three vehicles provides an all-new platform with a range, sensor-suite and innovative navigation system that is redefining the boundaries for over-the-horizon and under-ice exploration. Capable of deploying for up to three months, ALR is offering new opportunities for shore-based scientific missions that will mitigate the carbon cost of deploying from a large research ship.


Oceanids has developed a new large AUV that is equipped for high-power, shorter duration under-ice missions. Autosub Long Range 2000m Under Ice will be equipped with state-of-the-art sonars and imaging systems to enable scientists to create detailed maps and establish habitat characteristics of the seafloor. The vehicle has been designed to have the redundancy and under-ice navigation capabilities so that it can operate safely underneath vast areas of sea ice or glaciers, delivering science in the most challenging of environments.


Oceanids is working to replace the multitude of platform-specific command and control systems with a standard interface for command-control and data processing for the fleets of Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) that will represent the backbone of the future net zero oceanographic research infrastructure. WIth an intuitive and user-friendly interface, the Oceanids C2 capability provides a powerful tool for enabling scientists to undertake agile mission planning, visualising their data to demonstrate UK science in action.

Oceanids Sensors

The Oceanids programme has supported 5 development grants for teams at the National Oceanography Centre, University of Exeter and University of Southampton to progress novel marine sensors to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 8+, the standard where they can be used reliably for science and secure further private investment to bring this UK innovation to market.