Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Equipped for Air and Sea Locomotion

Period of Performance: 07/11/2016 - 05/10/2017


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Barron Assoc., Inc.
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Sponsored Programs 0170
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Institution POC


The Navy seeks to develop a hybrid air/underwater autonomous vehicle that can rapidly inspect and/or engage submerged objects spread over great distances by flying through the air between sequential underwater operations. Compared to a standard AUV, the flight capability will offer substantial operational advantage by reducing mission time. For comparison, an AUV like the Remus-100 has a maximum speed of 5 knots. By augmenting an AUV with the capability to surface and fly through the air to the next target, distance over water can be covered much faster. This can provide substantial reduction in mission time, enabling a rapid response capability. Barron Associates research team has developed a vehicle capable of both air and sea locomotion.