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Name: Nautile
In service: 1984
General characteristics
Type: Deep-submergence vehicle
Length: 8.0 m (26.2 ft)
Beam: 2.7 m (8.9 ft)
Draft: 3.81 m (12.5 ft)
Installed power: electric motor
Speed: 1.5kn
Range: 7.5km
Endurance: 120h
Test depth: 6,000 m (20,000 ft)
Complement: 3

Nautile is a manned submersible owned by Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea. Commissioned in 1984, the submersible can be operated at depths of up to 6 km (3.7 mi).

Nautile is capable of housing three people. It has a length of 8 m, still imaging cameras, two colour video cameras, and a number of flood lights. It is fitted with two robotic arms to allow remote manipulation. Nautile can stay under water for up to eight hours at a time. Two ships can act as mothership to Nautile: Pourquoi Pas? and Atalante. In its early days Nautile was launched from RV Nadir.

The vessel has been used to examine the wreck of the RMS Titanic and to search for the black boxes from Air France Flight 447[1]

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Media related to Nautile (submarine, 1984) at Wikimedia Commons

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