Eelume Unveils All-Terrain AUVs: The Next Frontier in Underwater Exploration

Written by Patricia Sestari

April 16, 2024


Last week Eelume, a pioneer in underwater technology, proudly announced the launch of Eelume-S, an innovative All-Terrain Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (All-Terrain AUV) set to revolutionize underwater exploration.  

Traditionally, AUVs have been limited in their accessibility to underwater environments. However, Eelume-S breaks these barriers by offering unparalleled versatility and sustainability in exploring previously inaccessible environments. Unlike conventional AUVs, the Eelume-S All-Terrain AUVs have 360 degrees of agile maneuverability in roll and pitch, which hugely expands the operational envelope of utilizing AUVs for exploration, inspection and monitoring of critical and complex under­water environments. 

“Our commitment to advancing oceanic exploration while minimizing environmental impact has led us to develop the Eelume-S series,” said Thomas Nygaard, CEO of Eelume. “With its ultra-high-quality data capture, superior maneuverability and easy operation, Eelume-S empowers researchers, scientists, and marine enthusiasts to delve deeper into the mysteries of the ocean.” 

Key Features of Eelume-S:  

Ultra-High-Quality Visual Mapping: Eelume-S contains the Voyis Observer Micro Imaging System, a 4K still image acquisition system with LED panels providing up to 480.000 lumens of light. This results in stunning optical imagery, with onboard image light levelling and colour correction, bringing autonomous ocean exploration to new heights.  

Ultra-High-Quality Bathymetric Mapping: The Wavefront Solstice Multi-Aperture Sonar enables Eelume-S to carry out class-leading bathymetric mapping with 200 m swath and resolution down to 3 cm. 

Easy Operation: Designed for user-friendliness, Eelume-S simplifies mission planning and execution, allowing users to focus on discoveries.  

Portable: With sizes ranging from 45 to 75 kg, Eelume-S units are easily deployable, even from small vessels or directly from shore.  

Close Proximity Imaging: By leveraging the Voyis Observer Micro, the Eelume-S offers unparalleled capabilities in capturing 3D photogrammetry and photomosaic of underwater environments and structures through its ability to track along hilly and inclined seabed with fixed altitude down to 1m.  

All-Terrain Mapping: With 360 degrees of freedom in roll and pitch, Eelume-S enables safe and sustainable exploration even in challenging underwater terrains. 

Autonomous Operation: Whether fully or semi-autonomous, Eelume-S facilitates goal-based mission planning and in-mission data processing. 

Eelume-S is poised to transform the landscape of underwater exploration, offering a cost-effective solution that enhances understanding of oceanic spaces while mitigating risks and reducing carbon emissions associated with data collection endeavors. 

For more information about Eelume-S and its groundbreaking capabilities, visit 

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