The Slocum glider is buoyancy driven to enable long range and duration remote water column observation for academic, military, and commercial applications. The Slocum Glider can be deployed and recovered from any size vessel with minimal time on station.
Once the Slocum glider is deployed, it can easily be controlled from anywhere in the world through the use of web based piloting tools. This allows fleets of gliders to be operated remotely with minimal personnel and infrastructure.
Versatility by Design
Slocum gliders are modular, allowing for rapid sensor reconfiguration to respond to emergency conditions or situations. Over 40 sensors and other options are available to address a wide variety of ocean conditions and sampling requirements.
Endurance for Persistent Monitoring Tasks
The buoyancy propulsion drive provides months of performance at sea and the optional thruster provides up to 2 knots of horizontal speed. This long endurance glider will expand your data collection range or situational awareness by providing real data over extended periods of time.
Even in the Roughest Seas
No matter the sea state, gliders are capable of continuous sampling without risking personnel or costly assets. Slocum gliders routinely operate around the world in extreme weather conditions.
Slocum gliders can run pre-programmed routes, surfacing to transmit real time data to shore while downloading new instructions at regular intervals.
Data Like a Movie Instead of a Photo
Slocum gliders enable high resolution sampling over transects that can be revisited during a single deployment. This enables resolution of sampled features over time and space at a substantially lower cost than with traditional methods.
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Min. turning radius [m]
Launch and Recovery System
Small boat to large vessel with optional 10 m capture line using deployable nose release system
Max. speed [kn]
Min. crew size
Min. required number of surface computers
Required size of storage room
0.7 X 0.88 X 2.4 m in shipping container
Min. weight of AUV in air [kg]
Maximum payload [kg]
Maximum depth rating [m]
Number of thrusters
One optional (hybrid glider option)
Propulsion or glider
Telemetry and Control
Radio baud rate [bit/s]
Data sent to the surface
User defined at every glider surfacing
Control parameters sent to the AUV
Waypoints; flight parameters; science sensor suite sampling
Emergency recovery procedure
emergency battery, emergency circuit, emergency ejection weight; ARGOS transmitter
Navigation and Payload
Navigation sensors - standard
GPS, Attitude; Pressure; Altimeter - Dead reckoning
Navigation sensors - optional
Payload sensors - standard
Payload sensors - optional
Acoustic bioprobe, ADCP, Acoustic Modem, Acoustic Mammal Detection, Bathyphotometer, Beam Attenuation Meter, CTD Pumped, Fish Detection, Hydrophones, Nitrate, Optical Backscatter, Optical Attenuation, Optical Fluorometer, Oxygen, PAR, Radiometer, Spectrophotometer, Turbulence
Total energy content [Wh]
Endurance at nominal power [hr]
Physical oceanography (CTD; oxygen; currents); biological oceanography (optics); gateway glider (communication acoustic - radio); storm glider (storm events); acoustic glider (mammal identification)
Long range ; high endurance environmental water column surveys with a variety of sensor suites - Highly configurable and expandable