Robotics & Autonomy

The future of marine science

Scientific progress is made possible with the development of new, disruptive technologies.

And that’s exactly what we do.

With bold ideas, open collaboration and precise engineering, we’re pushing the boundaries of marine robotic systems, and enabling the evolution of scientific research in even the most extreme of ocean environments.

NOC Innovations robotics and autonomy

We’re home to the National Marine Equipment Pool (NMEP): Europe’s largest centralised pool of equipment specifically designed for marine science.

It boasts a diverse range of scientific instruments and equipment capable of sampling both the sea surface and the deep ocean.

The NMEP holds more than 10,000 instruments and technologies, and provides scientists with access to skilled marine technicians and engineers. As part of its national capability remit, the NMEP offers technological support to enable the marine science community to continue conducting world-class research.

Our people know exactly how to procure, prepare, operate, deploy, repair, maintain and calibrate the equipment we provide for research expeditions.

Huw Gullick

Associate Director NOC Innovations

Great care goes into every step to ensure the equipment functions reliably and consistently – because only then will our scientists yield data of the highest quality.

We also liaise with the international scientific community to provide advice and expertise for the design of future equipment and new technologies.

Want to learn more while you’re here? Help yourself to these PDFs.

Marine Autonomous & Robotic Systems

Discover more about our fleet of autonomous vehicles

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Scientific Engineering

All you need to know about our surveying and sampling

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NOC Innovations marine robotics fleet

MARS Teams

Our Marine Autonomous Robotics Systems teams are known for developing industry-leading, barrier-breaking technology.

So let’s meet the teams behind the tech.

  • This team maintains and operates our high-powered Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). Our engineers work closely with scientists to support their goals and expeditions.

  • This team is integral to the deployment of our Underwater Gliders and Unmanned Surface Vehicles. Experts in operating marine robotic systems beyond the horizon, they routinely support scientific campaigns around the world.

  • This team operates our Isis and Hybis ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles). They pilot these platforms remotely from the ship, allowing scientists to watch live as the vehicles gather samples, photos and video footage.

  • This team specialises in the development of novel Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems for ocean science, oil and gas, and deep sea mineral collection.

    They’re experts in creating new platforms to enhance the capabilities of our MARS fleet, including our new AUV platforms, Autosub Long Range (ALR1500) and Autosub2KUI.