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Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian Meckel



Marine Technology


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Sebastian Meckel

Education and professional experiences

since 2014

MARUM - Bremen University

Marine Technology

Development and operations of autonomous and remote controlled surface and underwater vehicles (CMOVE, MOVE 3G, WaveGlider SV3, ROBEX Glider).

Operational support of the MARUM Deep Sea Drill Rig MeBo70.

2012 - 2013

German Aerospace Center

Institute of Material Sciences in Space, Cologne

Internship / Final Thesis

Development of microgravity experiments onboard for parabolic flight (Airbus ZeroG - novespace) and sounding rocket applications (MAPHEUS - DLR/MORABA) .

Final Thesis: Development of a MAPHEUS sounding rocket experiment module to investigate on plants chemical processes under μ-gravity conditions

2010 - 2012


German Aerospace Center, Swedish National Space Board, European Space Agency


Development of an experiment to investigate capillary effects under microgravity conditions onboard the sounding rocket REXUS 11.

2007 - 2014

Dresden University of Technology

Aerospace Institute

Study of Mechanical Engineering / Aerospace


Working fields

ROBEX Demo Mission PS 108
PS108 - Launch of the Glider
© Martina Wilde (AWI), 2017
ROBEX Demo-Mission PS108
PS108 / ROBEX Demo Mission
© Martina Wilde (AWI), 2017
ROBEX Demo Mission PS 108
PS108 - ROBEX Glider Team
© Martina Wilde (AWI), 2017

ROBEX Glider

The ROBEX Glider has been developed by MARUM in cooperation with Airbus D&S, Wuerzburg University and German Aerospace Center as part of the Helmholtz-Allianz ROBEX. The vehicle is operating autonomous and propelled by buoyancy alternation. Compared to common glider systems the vehicle is offering more capacity for sensor payload. Currently the vehicle is at the experimental stage. Onboard the R/V POLARSTERN (PS108 cruise, Fram Strait) it performed its demo mission in August 2017.


  • Technical Focal
  • Mechanical Design Head
  • Integration
  • Testing and Verification
  • Operations
  • Further development

WaveGlider SV3

The WaveGlider SV3 is an autonomous surface vehicle that has been developed by the US Company Liquid Robotics Inc. and is propelled by wave energy. Equipped with solar panels, satellite communication- and navigation-systems it is able to cover vessel- and time-independent an almost unlimited operation area. The vehicle can be equipped with various sensor technologies (e.g. ADCP, CTD, pH, diss. Oxygen) and is offering a mobile long-term measurement platform. Because of the great flexibility regarding payload, operation areas and mission duration the vehicle is used within the Helmholtz-Alliance ROBEX as multiple platform for technology trails.


  • Technical and Operational Focal
  • Maintenance
  • Payload Integration
  • Pilot Trainings
  • Operations
WaveGlider SV3 in Taliarte, Gran Canaria
PLOCAN Sensor Test Mission - Taliarte, Gran Canaria
© Rayco Moran (PLOCAN), 2016
WaveGlider Launch Senghor Seamount Mission MSM61
MSM61 - Launch of the MARUM WaveGlider SV3
© Stephanie Czudaj (Thühnen Institut), 2017
WaveGlider SV3 OnBoard Camera
PLOCAN Sensor Test Mission
© Sebastian Meckel (MARUM), 2016
WaveGlider Senghor Seamount Mission
Senghor Seamount Mission
© GEOMAR Navigator, 2017
MOVE 3G Frontansicht
© Sebastian Meckel (MARUM), 2014
MOVE 3G Seitenansicht
© Sebastian Meckel (MARUM), 2014


Within the framework of the Helmholtz-Alliance ROBEX the design concept MOVE3G has been developed as overall upgrade of the CMOVE vehicle. The new design is offering a better maneuverability, multiple operational scenarios and higher payload capacity. MOVE3G is capable to operate vessel and land based, covering deep sea and shallow water missions, while operating remotely or autonomous.


  • Overall System Design
  • Mechanical Design




  • Maintenance
  • Operations
CMOVE Beckentest
CMOVE Beckentest
© Sebastian Meckel (MARUM), 2014
Sealife at 400m depth during MSM57-2 expedition drill operations - © Sebastian Meckel (MARUM), 2016




  • Mission support
  • Drill operations

Campaigns and research cruises

July - August 2018

M 149



Gulf of Cadiz - Northern Atlantic & Alboran Sea - Mediterranean Sea

August - September 2017

PS 108

ROBEX Glider, ROBEX Demo Mission


Fram Strait/Greenland Sea - Northern Atlantic

August 2017

ROBEX Glider Testcampaign

Walchensee, Bavaria (Germany)

February 2017

MSM 61

WaveGlider SV3 Senghor Seamount Mission


Cape Verde - Northern Atlantic

November - December 2016

WaveGlider SV3 sensor test campaign

PLOCAN, GranCanaria/Taliarte Bay

August - September 2016

MSM 57-2



Fram Strait - Northern Atlantic

March 2015 WaveGlider SV3 Demonstration PLOCAN, GranCanaria/Taliarte Bay - Northern Atlantic
February - March 2015

POS 481

Sediment Trap Maintenance and replacement

R/V POSEIDON, CapeBlanc - Northern Atlantic
December 2014 WaveGlider SV3 Test R/V LITTHORINA, Baltic Sea
September 2014 CMOVE Field Operation Roskilde Fjord - Denmark
June 2014 WaveGlider SV3 Test R/V SHANA RAY, Monterey Bay - Pacific
November 2012 REXUS 11 Launch Campaign ESRANGE Space Center, Kiruna - Sweden
March 2012 REXUS 11/12 Launch Campaign ESRANGE Space Center, Kiruna - Sweden

Educational tasks

PLOCAN Glider School (since 2015)

WaveGlider SV3 introduction and pilot training at the annual PLOCAN Glider School in Taliarte, Gran Canary.


PLOCAN Glider School WaveGlider Introduction
© Carlos Barrera (PLOCAN), 2015


Waldmann C., Kier T., Kirkwood W.S., Meckel S.: "Performance data of a pneumatic variable buoyancy engine for a newly designed underwater glider", OCEANS 2016 MTS/IEEE Monterey, United States. DOI: 10.1109/OCEANS.2016.7761225

Almisas C., Barrera C., Waldmann C., Precheur H., Meckel S.: "Improving ocean-glider's payload with a new generation of spectrophotometric PH sensor" A: 7th International Workshop on Marine Technology : MARTECH 2016. "Instrumentation viewpoint". Vilanova i la Geltrú: SARTI, 2016, p. 22

Klein S., Bräuer D., Becker M., Knipstein A., Meckel S., Sondermann E., Kargl F.:"X-RISE - A Multifunctional X-ray Radiography Device for Parabolic Flights and Laboratory Use", International Journal of Microgravity Science and Application, 33 (4), Page 330405. The Japan Society of Microgravity Application. 6th International Symposion on Physical Science in Space (ISPS-6), 14.-18. Sept. 2015, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. DOI: 10.15011//jasma.33.330405

Sudarsan, S. R., Rupf, Chr., Meckel, S., Voss, M.; Bock, D., and Lakshminarasimhan Srinivasan: "CaRu: An investigation of capillary action under low gravity conditions through Runge instabilities", Proceedings of the 21st ESA symposium on European rocket and balloon programs, Thun, 2013