The Bluefin-9 is a lightweight, two-man-portable autonomous underwater vehicle with a mission turnaround time of less than 15 minutes. Equipped with a side scan sonar and camera, the Bluefin-9 provides the performance of much larger AUVs in a convenient and rapidly deployable package. Applications for the Bluefin-9 include:

  • Inshore Survey
  • Environmental Protection and Monitoring
  • Mine Countermeasures (MCM)
  • Port & Harbor Security
  • Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)
  • Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA)
  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)

    General Dynamics acquired Bluefin Robotics in February 2016.

  • Product Details


    The lightweight Bluefin-9 is easily deployed by two people from an inflatable boat and requires minimal support equipment.

    Our navigation software combines information from the IMU and multiple other sensors – including GPS, a DVL, a CT sensor and a compass – to provide high-accuracy navigation with an error of less than 0.3% of distance traveled, yielding high-quality data without a costly INS.

    The combination of a free-flooded architecture, a pressure-tolerant battery and removable data storage reduces turnaround time between missions to less than 15 minutes. Easy access to subsystems reduces time on deck for maintenance and accelerates operational tempo. In addition, the Bluefin-9 is easily maintainable in the field due to its swappable, modular subsystems.

    An intuitive software package enables quick and easy planning and monitoring of missions and rapid post-mission processing and display, and is capable of exporting data to third-party software

    Operator Tool Suite

    Our Operator Tool Suite is a comprehensive AUV software package that provides the interface between the AUV and the operator for all mission phases. The simple user interface maximizes the operator’s effectiveness in AUV operations. This Windows-based tool suite includes everything necessary to run and manage the system, including vehicle check-out and testing, mission planning, vehicle communications, mission monitoring and execution, data management, and post-mission analysis.

    Mission Planner

    Mission Planning and Verification
    From within this graphical tool, basic missions are easy to enter and verify, while complex mission plans can be built up from basic survey “widgets.” Mission and safety details are fully accessible, allowing for rapid and accurate mission planning. Planning takes place on top of a chart-based view which accepts raster or digital charts. Operators can specify safety settings, operational constraints, recovery points and return plans. The Mission Planner also allows customer-specific commands to be sent via the Standard Payload Interface.


    Vehicle Testing, Checkout and Mission Monitoring
    Dashboard tools enable the operator to track vehicles against a chart-based interface which includes ship position indicators, mission plans, and a variety of operator-specified annotations. Vehicle status is readily apparent, including the current behavior as well as details of vehicle status. The Dashboard automatically shifts communications to the highest bandwidth channel available providing you with a dynamic gateway to the vehicle. A variety of specialized diagnostic interfaces aid the preventative and corrective maintenance procedures for each sensor and subsystem.


    Display, Analysis and Reporting
    Lantern supports post-mission display and analysis including processing vehicle logs and display sensor data. It combines survey tracklines, vehicle data, contact locations, and user-entered annotations in straightforward chart-based windows. The operator can easily access key functions for zooming, contact measurement and height above the ground. Information is geographically referenced and post-mission re-navigation processing maximizes the positional accuracy of detected targets. Lantern can also interface with many stand-alone third-party tools.

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