Galatea, Bio-inspired Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Themes: Robotics

Late lab scale demonstration

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Dedicated underwater missions in complex and vulnerable underwater areas benefit from a highly manoeuvrable, robust and efficient robot equipped with undulation fin propulsion.


Deriving basic performance principles from biomechanic research on seahorses cuttlefish and use them as an inspiration and functional requirements for state of the art underwater robotics.


In a few years, swarms of underwater robots, will carry out stealthy inspection, surveilance and research missions with a unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution.

Ir. Tim Vercruyssen


Prof. dr. Frans van der Helm

Ir. Sebastian Henrion