ASV Jetyak Karusell

Jetyak description

Jetyak description

ASV Jetyak

The Jetyak is a kayak with a gasoline engine that can be radio controlled or operated autonomously. AUR lab is in charge of enabling it for different marine research activities. The resource is shared with the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø

The vehicle can be deployed with a land or ship crane with a minimum weight capacity of 500kg. Alternatively, there is a trailer for beach deployements. An ideal beach for deployment should have a smooth transition into the water, preferably without much wave activity, not very soft bottom but also not very rocky. It is important to consider that, at a minimum, 1 person needs to get in the water and might need special clothing.  

Different modules can be fitted into the two moonpools of the vehicle. Depending on the applications, we build the modules to fit the sensors to equip the Jetyak with.

A pilot with a radio controller can manually operate the Jetyak from the distance, as long as it sees it. Navigation in the dark is aided by standard nautic lantern color code. It is also possible to operate it from a computer based station and with a Joystick. GPS-aided positioning and a radio link between the vehicle and the computer aid navigation in this case. Finally, a waypoint-based route can be programmed on the vehicle for it to operate autonomously. Note that it is not capable to identify and avoid obstacles.



Cruise speed: 0 - 5kn (in beaufort 0 conditions)

Dimensions: 2.8x1.2x0.7m (without considering the antennas)

weight: ~200kg

Fuel type: gasoline, high octane

Fuel tank capacity: 10l


Electric power source: 2 x 12V,80Ah batteries connected in parallel

A 24V, 3A step up transformer is available


Transport case dimensions: 4x1.6x0.8m wooden crate

Transport case weight: ~400kg with the jetyak inside


Sensors and instrumentation

1) The scientific moonpool is accesible from the top of the vehicle

2) The instruments moonpool is only accesible from under the hull

Contact us for further details on the modules


Simrad Sidescan Sonar, 400 and 800kHz

Environmental Sensors ASL, Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP)

Evologics Ultra Short Baseline Transponder

Norbit Multibeam

Acomms Transponder



100m deep winch module with a 2kg payload capacity and an instrument that fits in a 30x30x30cm box.


Scientific instrument transport to dangerous or difficult to access areas Shallow water bottom mapping
water profiling acoustic assessments of vertical distribution of plankton and fish
Communications interface between land and instruments under water Benthic substrates identification



- UNIS AB334 course at Ny Ålesund.

- Videorecording of Slettvik benthos.

- University of Tromsø's Arctic ABC project research by the Kongsbreen glacier wall.

- Various courses at NTNU, Frøya videregående skole, UiT and UNIS.

- Archaelogical research at Nidelva, Trondheim.