OceanScan-MST LAUV

The last decade has witnessed unprecedented developments in computing, sensing, communications and composite materials. These developments enable engineers to design new vehicle systems and to develop visions for systems that could have not been imagined before. However, the access to the ocean is still difficult. This is because the deployment of advanced technologies requires intensive technological training and extensive operational experience. Moreover, technologies become obsolete rapidly.

OceanScan-MST has an innovative approach to develop tools, vehicles, systems and technologies for the cost-effective access to the ocean. This is done thought a strategic partnership with Porto University in Portugal. Our approach is based on three key concepts:

1. open systems;
2. continuous technological integration;
3. co-develop solutions and operational experience with the users. 

OceanScan's team has been designing, building and operating underwater vehicles and systems for over a decade. The team builds on an extensive experience in state-of-the art technologies and systems engineering to deliver innovative state-of-the-art solutions, surveying and advanced engineering services in close cooperation with the customers.

OceanScan-MST is a start-up from Porto University in Portugal, one of the leading institutions in underwater robotics in Europe. The seed funding was provided by Agência de Inovação in Portugal.

One of the flagship systems from OceanScan-MST is the Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicle System (LAUV). The LAUV is a European low-cost AUV for oceanographic and environmental surveys designed and built at Porto University. The LAUV system was awarded the Portuguese BES 2006 innovation prize.