Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
EngineeringPostgraduate study

Southampton students among the best in Europe for UAV expertise

Southampton students have proved to be among the best in Europe for expertise in Underwater Autonomous Vehicles (UAVs). Teams from the University of Southampton have an enviable record of success in an international competition to design and test the best UAVs.

They have entered the Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge Europe (SAUCE-E) for the last five years, designing their own vehicle, testing it in tanks 10 metres deep and competing at various venues across Europe. They won the contest outright in 2007 and achieved high places in other years. The contest is sponsored by prominent companies keen to meet top flight students.

"We have a good reputation for marine technology across the board in Southampton. Ship scientists and academics from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton come together to work on many projects," says Dr Steve Turnock. "Building effective UAVs is never easy as much complex science and engineering is involved to make sure they can cope with the challenging environments. However, we can access considerable expertise on campus, such as the innovative jet marine thruster technology developed by my colleague Dr Suleiman Sharkh."

Applications abound for UAV technology including many with marine renewal energy technology such as wind farms.

Privacy Settings