Bluefin is a full AUV lifecycle provider offering research and development, technology integration, full-scale manufacturing, platform training, and operations support. No other provider has the same depth and breadth of expertise and resources dedicated exclusively to AUV development and production.
Its products include Bluefin-9, a two-man portable AUV for shallow-water applications; Bluefin-12S, a modular and flexible AUV for shallow-water applications; a hovering AUV for autonomous ship hull and infrastructure inspection; Bluefin-12D, a versatile AUV capable of extended operations in mid-water depths; a buoyancy-driven AUV for long endurance water column profiling; subsea batteries; and Bluefin-21, an air-shippable deep water AUV for operation from ships of opportunity. Most recently, the company is designing a variant of its Knifefish UUV for the US Naval Research Laboratory.
The company also provides engineering and marine operations services. Its products are used in inshore survey, offshore survey, search and salvage, oceanography, archaeology and exploration, environmental protection and monitoring, scientific research, port and harbor security, mine countermeasures, unexploded ordnance, rapid environmental assessment, and anti-submarine warfare, as well as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance applications. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in Quincy, Massachusetts. As of May 10, 2005, Bluefin Robotics Corporation operates as a subsidiary of Battelle Memorial Institute, Inc.
David Kelly, President & CEO
Frank van Mierlo, Co-Founder
Bluefin Robotics develops, builds, and operates Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and related technologies for defense, commercial, and scientific customers worldwide. Using a core set of building blocks, the company designed over 50 different configurations. This includes over 70 different sensors on over 80 AUVs—far more than any other manufacturer.