The Wave Glider SV3 is composed of a surface float and a submerged propulsion system connected via a high-bandwidth, 4.0 meter streamlined umbilical. The float is available with either dark gray antifouling paint (standard) or optional non-antifouling, high-visibility yellow paint. On the float, there are three solar panels that provide power to the electronics on board and securely cover the forward and aft payload compartments. The payload compartments can accommodate Modular Power Units or Modular Payload Units (MPUs) of different sizes that can be utilized for a variety of payloads and power requirements. The float features a mast deck that can support up to four masts.
The submerged propulsion system has an expansion port for powering and communicating with a single subsea payload. To assist in navigation and marine operations, the Wave Glider SV3 comes with a number of aids: an AIS marine traffic antenna and receiver, a visibility mast with flag and light, a water speed sensor, an independent auxiliary Iridium tracker, an Active Radar Reflector, Weather Station, Wave Height Sensor, and a radio frequency (RF) tracking transponder.