Courtesy of Boeing

Echo Voyager


The Echo Voyager is a beast of an unmanned system, at 51-feet long with survival at sea for up to six months. Released by Boeing in early 2016 and currently undergoing testing, the Echo Voyager has a versatile payload bay that holds instruments for anything from data collection and measurement of undersea conditions to oil and gas exploration. Want to deploy a beast in your MPA? This is a great option given its longevity to provide long-term data collection and monitoring.

Charged and ready to go: The Voyager is the third model in Boeing's Echo AUV collection, but the first to incorporate a hybrid recharging system that allows it to operate for more than two days under the surface. This system is a combination of batteries and a diesel generator to recharge batteries at the surface before re-submerging.

Even grandma can use it: While extremely sophisticated in capabilities, the Echo Voyager hopes to attract commercial rather than military customers given its easy-to-use platform. It is designed to send data via satellite and in standard and interoperable formats.

Stay tuned: The launch date, price point or pricing models are still unknown. What we do know is that this is the first AUV to have such long term underwater capabilities and thus its mapping, exploring and monitoring capabilities will undoubtedly have a major impact in the fight to protect our oceans.


Length: 15.5m
Weight: 50 tons
Range: 12,070km
Endurance: 6 months

Still in testing.
  • Company: Boeing

  • Type: Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUV)

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  • Link: Product Website

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