Oceanids Programme

Ocean robot mission success marks key milestone in net-zero transition

ALR ‘Boaty McBoatface’ fitted with BioCam

A recent mission that saw robot submarine Autosub Long Range (ALR), better known as ‘Boaty McBoatface’, explore and visually map end-of-life oil fields has been hailed a success, marking a key milestone in the marine survey industry transition towards net-zero targets.

RRS James Cook sets sail to study human impacts on deep-sea ecosystems

RRS James Cook

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have set-sail on the RRS James Cook on a collaborative expedition to the Whittard Canyon to advance knowledge of some of the richest and most complex deep-sea ecosystems on Earth.

Innovative tech to be thrown in the ultimate deep end

Autosub 5 and C-Worker ready to be lifted onto RRS Discovery ahead of DY152 departure

DY152 was the highly anticipated expedition to complete final deep-sea tests of our newest ocean robots, sensors and control software.

Boaty McBoatface returns to Plymouth to monitor impacts on UK’s coastal ecosystems

Engineers and scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have successfully recovered the renowned state-of-the-art underwater robot, Boaty McBoatface.

Trials of new autonomous underwater sensors and platforms underway

Autosub Long Range (ALR) better known as ‘Boaty McBoatface’ onboard the RRS Discovery.

Engineers and scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton are set to trial new, state-of-the-art ocean biogeochemical sensors integrated with autonomous vehicles.

NOC takes Boaty McBoatface to travel under Antarctica’s melting Thwaites Glacier

Autosub Long Range (ALR) better known as 'Boaty McBoatface' in water

Engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have headed out to the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica with renowned autonomous underwater vehicle, Boaty McBoatface, to help understand what is causing ice loss from the glacier and better predict how its deterioration could contribute to sea level rise.

The NOC marks step towards net-zero technology innovations with 25th anniversary

This year, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its first Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) mission.

Robot submarine trails underway in Scotland to develop enhanced autonomous platforms for future Net Zero Oceanographic Capability

Engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have returned to Loch Ness in Scotland for the latest trials of new, state-of-the-art robot submarines that will be a central part of the future net zero oceanographic research infrastructure.

Autosub-1 – Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the NOC’s first AUV mission

The NOC's first Autosub mission in July 1996

With the latest trials of the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Oceanids Programme falling on the 25th anniversary of the NOC’s first Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), we look back to that first Autosub-1 mission, and how it paved the way to the innovative AUV operations and developments undertaken by the NOC team today.

Trials of new robot submarines underway in Scotland to reduce cost and environmental impact of future ocean missions

A2KUI having a solo swim in Loch Ness

Engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are trialling new, state-of-the-art robot submarines in Loch Ness to pave the way for safer and more cost-efficient offshore operations.