The founder of Tethys Robotics, Christian Engler, started building UUVs at an age of 16. Through his enthusiasm for the underwater world, fellow students of different fields from ETH Zurich joined the idea of building underwater vehicles. During the timespan of six months, the initial team of eight students built the omnidirectional robot system SCUBO 2.0, which was successfully deployed at the MATE International ROV Competition in 2019.
The competition laid the foundations for today’s developments, where Tethys Robotics focuses on developing innovative systems for real world applications. Together with local authorities we are working on several projects regarding underwater robots in Swiss waters, including a study on ammunition recoveries as well as the support of rescue divers during search and recovery operations in rivers.