The Scientist.

The Institut Nicolas Baudin is building a resolutely innovative 45-metre exploration vessel. It is designed as a projection platform for our robotic technologies and scientific teams, and as an awareness tool for the general public. The vessel will also be equipped with the data management solutions necessary to process scientific data at sea without waiting for the return to shore, and with Internet communication solutions necessary for real-time communication of scientific results and films shot by our production team.

Both a laboratory for life and a laboratory for clean technologies, the Scientist is also a real demonstrator in the field of energy production and consumption for propulsion and life on board: wind, solar, hydrogen, biofuels.

In order to remain as non-intrusive as possible for the ecosystems studied, and to optimize and limit energy production and consumption as much as possible, the INB deploys the most advanced robotic technologies for marine research: compactness, absence of noise, ease of transport and deployment, zero carbon footprint.


The ECA Group has been designing and building underwater robotic equipment for over 60 years. The group provides us with a hybrid ROV, the H-ROV developed for Ifremer: . Autonomous in energy, this robot can dive to 2 500m to take 3D images of new species, collect data of temperature, acidity, DNA, etc. 

ECA also provides us with an AUV, an autonomous underwater vehicle equipped with a synthetic aperture sonar, capable of collecting acoustic data down to 3000m below the surface in complete autonomy for 24 hours, in order to determine the masses and movements of mesopelagic fauna: .

Finally, ECA will supply a Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicule), in marine version, with a 3-hour autonomy for aerial photography and data collection, the IT 180: .

The Australian company OCIUS will provide an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) that will perform underwater acoustic measurements and collect other data autonomously for several weeks.

The French company DELAIR in Toulouse (France) supplies us with a long range fixed wing UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The drone will carry species identification, counting and mapping solutions. This will make it possible, for example, to identify new insect species on the canopy without using nets, to count marine mammals and birds over a large area, and so on.

CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites, a subsidiary of CNES and Ifremer) gives us access to imagery and spatial data. This will allow us to contextualize the environment of the terrestrial and marine species observed.