Designing Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Solutions: A Case Study with Autonomous Robotics Ltd

Looking for end-to-end solutions in designing autonomous underwater vehicle solutions? Discover how Ignitec facilitated Autonomous Robotics Ltd in designing the revolutionary Flying Nodes, paving the way for a new age of underwater exploration.
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Our collaboration with Autonomous Robotics Ltd led to the development of the groundbreaking Flying Node concept for underwater surveying. 
What we did:
  • Developed a concept for the Flying Node, housing critical components
  • Assessed feasibility of integrating electronic components
  • Provided detailed insights regarding weight, centre of mass, power requirements etc.
  • Supplied renders, animations, dimensional drawings and performance calculations
  • Provided information on internal volume for housing components
The Challenge

Autonomous Robotics Ltd, a cutting-edge technology firm, is pioneering the future of underwater exploration through their autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) solution, the Flying Node. These vehicles are designed to be deployed in swarms, capable of collecting and assessing critical data from the depths of the sea, up to 3000 metres below the surface. Their innovative technology promises to drastically cut costs while improving data accuracy in environmental, offshore energy, and defence sectors.

However, realising this vision presented a series of challenges. Autonomous Robotics needed help to create an initial concept and assess the feasibility of integrating electronic components into the Flying Node. Furthermore, they required assistance from a mechanical perspective to understand the optimal size of the Flying Node. Considerations about the manufacturing and assembly processes, aesthetic design, and the positioning of the propellers also posed significant challenges.

What We Did

In response to these challenges, Ignitec applied its deep expertise in design and technology consultancy. Our multidisciplinary team of industrial designers, mechanical engineers, electronic engineers, and software developers quickly conceptualised a design that could accommodate all of the critical components of the Flying Node.

Utilising 3D modelling, we were able to provide insights into crucial considerations like weight, centre of mass, and power requirements. We also presented Autonomous Robotics with detailed renders, animations, dimensional drawings, and top-level performance calculations. Additionally, our team provided invaluable information about the internal volume required for housing the components of the Flying Node.


Our collaboration resulted in a groundbreaking new concept for underwater surveying that showcases the potential of synergistic collaborations between companies with complementary skills and expertise. This project not only marked a significant milestone in the development of the Flying Node but also proved the viability of its novel features.

Upon successful autonomous sea trials, the Flying Node exhibited exceptional stability and accurate navigation. These trials validated the concept and its functionality, underscoring the successful integration of electronic components, design efficiency, and the practicality of the manufacturing process.

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