Design and Test of a Robust Docking System for Hovering AUVs

Marius Wirtz, Marc Hildebrandt, Christopher Gaudig

In: OCEANS 2012 MTS/IEEE Hampton Roads - Marine Technology for Our Future: Harnessing the Power of the Ocean. OCEANS MTS/IEEE Conference (OCEANS-12) October 14-19 Hampton Roads Virginia United States IEEE 2012.


This paper presents the conceptual idea and a developed prototype of a docking system for a hovering AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). The presented docking system passively assists the vehicle’s docking procedure by guiding it into a defined position, where it is mechanically locked in place by one of the station’s actuators. In its final position the docking system provides an electrical power supply and a broadband data link to the AUV. The developed concept additionally enables differently shaped AUVs to use the same docking station.


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence