BRIDGES aims to develop two new underwater platforms, deep (2400 m) and ultra-deep (5000 m) gliders. Several technical achievements must be made in order to produce these platforms. These gliders should address real commercial needs in the fields of environmental monitoring, oil and gas, and deep sea mining.

CSCS, a core member and Work Package leader, is responsible for defining and preparing the new systems to meet standards regarding measurement data and metadata. In addition, CSCS specified and prepared the oil and gas payloads to be tested, installed, and demonstrated on the two prototypes. In addition, CSCS used its experience to define in detail the types of applications the market is likely to support for these novel platforms, including innovative mission design tools to further add value and minimize cost of glider missions.

Ultimately, these gliders will be commercialized by partner ALSEAMAR.

BRIDGES receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 635359.