IRobot Transphibian

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The iRobot Transphibian is a man-portable, fin-powered AUV and bottom-crawler that can autonomously insert itself into the water and operate in a very shallow area. The fins enable the robot to navigate with 6 degrees of freedom, even in surge, to avoid obstacles and maneuver in tight spaces. In military operations the robot is more usually referred to as a UUV

The Transphibian can carry a wide array of payloads and is designed for mine detection, harbor defense and surveillance. It employs a hybrid navigation system that allows it to operate in both shallow surf zones and in deeper waters.

The Transphibian was initially developed by the Nekton Corporation in Durham, North Carolina. iRobot acquired Nekton in September, 2008.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 17, 2009. Retrieved March 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ Robert Buderi (2008-09-11). "How IRobot Took the Plunge into Underwater Vehicles". Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

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