Research Submersible JAGO

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JAGO, Germany's only manned research submersible was in service at GEOMAR from 2006 to 2021.

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Technical Specifications

Dimensions: length 3.0 m, beam 2.0 m, height 2.5 m

Weight in air: 3000 kg

Operation depth: 400 m

Cruising speed: 1 knot

Crew: 1 pilot, 1 observer

Life Support: 96 man hours

Pressure hull: steel, 15-18 mm

Viewports: acrylic bow viewport (700 mm ø, aperture angle 120°); top dome / hatch (450 mm ø, aperture angle 180°) providing 360°

Power supply: 6 lead-acid batteries, total capacity 13 KWh – 24 Volt DC

Propulsion: 3 reversible horizontal thrusters at stern, 2 rotatable thrusters on starboard and port side, 1 bow and 1 aft thruster

Basic systems: 720 l diving tanks for buoyancy at surface, 40 l ballast tank for vertical movements, 2 oxygen high pressure cylinders, 3 high pressure air cylinders, filter for CO2 absorption (air regeneration)

Rescue systems: emergency drop weigh, dead man safety system, generation of 500 kg positive buoyancy at 400 m depth, emergency buoy with rescue device

Equipment: Underwater navigation and positioning system (USBL), compass, depth gauges, vertical and horizontal scanning sonar, underwater acoustic telephone communication UT 10 kHz,  LED lights, flash lights, laser scaling, digital video (Full-HD 1080p/50p) and still cameras for documentation, CTD, hydraulic manipulator arm with exchangable claws, sampling devices for organisms, gas, water, fluids, sediments, rocks

Transport: 1 x 20' ISO container

Classification: DNV-GL (Germanischer Lloyd Hamburg, Germany)

  • Scientific Head:

    Dr. Peter Linke
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Wischhofstr. 1-3
    24148 Kiel, Germany
    Phone: +49-431 600-2115
    Fax: +49-431 600-1601

    Technical Head:

    Jan Fleer
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Wischhofstr. 1-3
    24148 Kiel, Germany
    Phone: +49-431 600-1696
    Fax: +49-431 600-1601

    Project Coordination:

    Stefan Kontradowitz
    GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
    Wischhofstr. 1-3
    24148 Kiel
    Tel.: 0431-600-1697
    Fax: 0431-600-1601