Our Vehicles. Your Tools.
NDSF operates a fleet of underwater vehicles that enables the oceanographic community to explore, sample, and map the deep ocean and to meet the needs of a changing research landscape.
A 3-person research submersible capable of reaching 4500 meters depth and of supporting custom sensors and samplers. The Alvin Team delivers reliability built from nearly 5,000 successful dives.
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Following guidance from UNOLS and our host site Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the National Deep Submergence Facility is monitoring the situation related to COVID-19 closely and taking appropriate actions to keep our team and users safe. We are in the process of bringing all vehicles back to their home port in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.…Read the article
Read an interview about the Alvin of the future with submersible pilot and manager of the Alvin Group Bruce Strickrott.Read the article
Watch Alvin return to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the final phase of the overhaul that will allow it to reach 6500 meters depth. Building on work begun in 2011, this process is part of the sub’s regular maintenance cycle, in which Alvin returns to Woods Hole and the team disassembles it, inspects every part,…Read the article
“In an instant, the abyss below resolves into a field of contorted basaltic lava flows. Black, shiny lava pillows extend to the reach of our floodlights, much like photos I’ve seen of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. We touch down and raise a cloud of sediment. Surrounding us, going about their daily lives, are the animals…Read the article
A video captured by ROV Jason earlier this month shows the reaction of deep-sea shrimp when a 4.7 earthquake struck 100 miles away. Watch the video footage at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and read the Mashable story.Read the article
Listen as NDSF Director Andy Bowen reflects on deep sea exploration and the challenges of building the robots of the future on an episode of The Vineyard Current, produced by MVYRadio. The interview aired to preview a talk Bowen will give at Falmouth Academy’s Community Forum on February 6 at 7pm. Bowen will share the…Read the article