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Exocetus Autonomous Systems has delivered its first MOD2 Glider AUV to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).

The APL has purchased the AUV as part of an internal research and development project which intends to explore a diverse set of applications for the vehicle.

The MOD2 Glider, powered by a patented buoyancy engine, can provide support in coastal environments where currents and salinity barriers restrict other vehicles. The system has long endurance, a maximum speed of 2kts and can carry a payload of 11lbs.

The delivery marks the culmination of two years of developments and improvements to the MOD2 Glider, expanding the computing and electronics capability of the system.

Joe Turner, COO and general manager, Exocetus, said: ‘Johns Hopkins APL was looking for a vehicle that could provide endurance and easy modification, and the MOD2 Glider was the only vehicle out there that provided those capabilities.’