Underwater Vehicles

Underwater vehicles must be designed to meet the demands of the deep ocean:  an immense hydrostatic pressure and a caustic environment, and they must function to meet the needs of oceanographic scientists.  Gregory Designs has over a decade of experience designing, fabricating, and operating Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV’s) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV’s).
Owner Todd Gregory has a history of designing, fabricating, and operating an array of oceanographic vehicles.  Here are a few of the vehicles that Todd took a key role in designing:
  • Principle mechanical engineer of the ROV Hercules during 2002-2003,  a 4000 msw rated ROV operated by Dr. Robert Ballard’s Ocean Exploration Trust (OET). Hercules continues to be the cornerstone for Ballard’s oceanographic exploration and scientific sampling onboard his ship the E/V NAUTILUS.
  • Principle mechanical engineer for a customer-provided sensor module for a “REMUS 1500,” a 1500 msw rated AUV produced by Hydroid in 2007 .  The module, configurable by IFE and its partners at the University of Rhode Island, was a flooded section containing a number of sensors and cameras.  The goals of its development were a compact design of a variety of sensors, neutral buoyancy, and seamless integration with Hydroid’s base-vehicle, the REMUS 1500.
  • Principle mechanical engineer for the design and fabrication of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research’s (OER) 6,000 msw rated camera platform, “Seirios.”
  • Principle mechanical engineer for the complete re-design and fabrication of NOAA OER’s 6,000 msw rated ROV Deep Discoverer (aka D2).
  • Principle mechanical engineer for the design and fabrication of URI Graduate School of Oceagraphy’s 1,000 msw rated “Wire Flyer,” a semi-autonomous profiling vehicle.

 Photos of these vehicles are included below.


REMUS 1500-Payload Assy Rev A4b

Endeavor 016