Vortex is an adaptable submersible for testing and demonstrating underwater robotics. The system is entirely modular and can be configured either as a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) or an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). It offers an ideal base for developing and innovating in the field of underwater robotics.

Thanks to its Li-ion batteries and an embedded computer Vortex can be used in a tank or dock or at sea with an operational endurance of four hours. In autonomous mode Vortex communicates with the surface control room via radio at the surface and via acoustic modem underwater. The surface control room comprises the operator interface and a MIMOSA station for mission scheduling and monitoring.


  • Weight: 220 kg
  • Dimensions: 1.3 x 1.1 x 1 m
  • Working depth: 50 m
  • Power: Li-ion battery, 3,800 Wh
  • Embedded computer: PC Atom
  • Device controller: proprietary in Windows

Communication interfaces

  • Optical fibre
  • Wi-Fi buoy
  • Radio modem
  • Acoustic modem
  • Ship’s ethernet network

Embedded sensors

  • Video camera
  • Digital camera
  • Scanning sonar
  • Gyroscopic attitude control unit
  • Immersion, altitude
  • Doppler log