Robbe 131


The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Robbe 131 has been developed at the University of Applied Sciences Kiel since 2013. It is designed as a modular platform for test and development of several sensors.

Since 2013 the vehicle has been used annually by AUV Team TomKyle in SAUC-E (2014 – 2016) and European Robotics League Emergency (2017-2018) competitions.

Dimensions1 m x 0.7 m x 0.5 m
Weightapprox. 60 kg
Diving depth20 m with installed buoyancy foam
Construction timesince 2013
Main computermini-ITX mainboard with Intel i7-4790 and
8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
SensorsMultibeam sonar BlueView M900-130
Color camera IDS UI-3241LE to front and downwards
Teledyne Explorer DVL for speed and height over ground
Pressure sensor Keller PA33X
Conductivity sensor Valeport MiniCT
Attitude heading reference system MTi-10
CommunicationEthernet cable (50 m)
Acoustic communication via Tritech Micron Modem
Battery2 x SubCteck batteries with 21 V / 30 Ah, sponsored after SAUC-E 2014
Propulsion6 x BlueRobotics T200 brushless thruster
Degrees of freedomThree translational axes (heave, surge, sway)
Two rotational axes (pitch, yaw)
MechanicsFrame of milled PE plates
Pressure hull of POM pipe with
Cap of stainless steel (V4A)
Bottom plate of stainless steel (V4A)