Two µUUV ready for operations. Contact sales@riptideas.com for purchase or technical information.


Riptide Autonomous Solutions is offering a new, highly flexible, open source autonomous undersea vehicle that provides users a state-of-the-art, low cost development solution ideally suited for developers of autonomy and behaviors, power systems, subsea sensors, and new payloads. The µUUV features open hardware and software interfaces to provide users a reliable and robust platform to advance technology development. The vehicle design is optimized for high efficiency with the best hydrodynamic signature in its class.


Riptide’s µUUV features three individually actuated control fins providing active roll stabilization. An active GPS antenna, WiFi communications, and vehicle status LED’s are integrated into the vertical control fin, reducing the vehicle’s hydrodynamic signature for maximum efficiency. Open system design provides for easy, user modification and customization, making this an ideal platform for a wide variety of development needs. Multiple energy source options allow maximum flexibility for endurance, safety, shipping, and mission optimization. The Aluminum-Seawater Battery from Open Water Power will provide unparalleled energy density (endurance) and safety.


Riptide is actively adding new features and capabilities to this platform and we look forward to supporting your current and future requirements. Download a PDF of the Specification here.


Physical Parameters (Standard Vehicle)
Length: 25″ to 72″ (63.5cm to 182.9cm)
Diameter: 4.875″ (123.8mm)
Weight: 25 lbs
Speed: 10+ knots
Depth: 1000ft (300m)


Energy Options
Assumes 36” UUV with no payload @ 2 knots
Alkaline (Standard) – 44 Hours
Lithium Ion (Rechargeable) – 80 Hours
Aluminum Seawater Battery (available in late 2016) – ~400 hours

(Read more about the aluminum seawater battery here)


WiFi standard
Iridium (Optional)
Acoustic Modem (Optional)


Navigation Sensors
GPS (on Surface)
Sparton AHRS standard
Depth and Temperature
High Grade INS / DVL (Optional)


Open Interfaces
HW: Ethernet, RS232, UART, TTL (Sync-In & -Out), I2C, SPI
SW: MOOS, ROS, MOAA, JAUS, and more


Preliminary Payload
Frequencies: 600, 900, 1200, or 1800 kHz Adaptive TM CHIRP, CW
CHIRP Bandwidth: 50 kHz to 200 kHz
CHIRP Length: < 0.5 ms
Maximum Image Ranges (per side)
600 kHz: 100 m
900 kHz: 60 m
1200 kHz: 35 m
1800 kHz: 15 m


Other Payloads
Wet or Dry, Customer Defined & Riptide Integrated, or Customer Supplied & Integrated


Note: This is a preliminary specification, pending verification with in-water testing. Specifications are subject to change without notice. Custom configurations are available upon request.