|Length:||8.0 m (26.2 ft)|
|Beam:||2.7 m (8.9 ft)|
|Draft:||3.81 m (12.5 ft)|
|Installed power:||electric motor|
|Test depth:||6,000 m (20,000 ft)|
The Nautile is a manned submersible owned by Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea. Commissioned in 1984, the submersible can be operated at depths of up to 6 km (3.7 mi).
The Nautile is a miniature submarine, based on the bathyscaphe design, and capable of housing just three people. It has a length of 8 m, still imaging cameras, two colour video cameras, and a number of flood lights. It is fitted with two robotic arms to allow remote manipulation. The nautile can stay under water for up to eight hours at a time. Two ships can act as mothership to the Atalante: the Pourquoi Pas? and the Atalante. In its early days the Nautile was launched from RV Nadir.
- Nautile — specification from Ifremer website
- Nautile: miniature submarine — BBC news article
- Submarine to examine sunken oil tanker — New Scientist article
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