Built for extraterrestrial ocean exploration.
SUNFISH was developed by Stone Aerospace in collaboration with NASA for the future exploratory mission to the Jovian moon, Europa. The AUV was designed to explore the ocean beneath more than 15 km of ice and gather data autonomously from the alien planet.
- 6-DOF (six degree-of-freedom) maneuverability
- Autonomous Mission Planner
- Realtime mapping and localization
- Multi-beam Sonar Mapping
- High Resolution Imaging
- 2-person Portable
- 50 kg dry weight
- 161 cm L × 47 cm W × 20 cm H
- Obstacle Avoidance
- Optional fiber-optic tether for supervised autonomy
- Runs under joystick control, interactive motion commands, actionscripts, fully autonomous
- Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking
- Pier/Dam/Harbor Inspection
- Ship hull inspection
- Autonomous cave exploration
- Tunnel mapping
- Autonomous precision instrument deployment
- Underwater Imaging of critical infrastructure and habitat
- Offshore Inspection and Survey
Peacock Springs: Putting SUNFISH to the test.
In October 2017 we ran a series of tests and demonstrations in the unstructured labyrinthine cave environment of Peacock Springs. SUNFISH was able to autonomously explore this environment, creating a real-time map which it used to navigate through the cave. SUNFISH penetrated 120 m into the Peacock 1 cave site, reaching a second cave entrance called “Pothole Sink.” The robot was then able to autonomously find its way back to the starting point using the map it had just created.