After getting familiar with Altium Designer and SolidWorks, we are planning to build the AUV over the summer so that we can test software systems once school begins. A basic computer vision algorithm has been implemented, and we are looking at ways to simulate the underwater environment for software-in-the-loop testing purposes. Shout-out to VideoRay for providing us with a set of thrusters, and to Altium for providing us with EDA software for custom PCB design.
We have lots of new team members on the project! We have fleshed out a full electrical system diagram, and specced most of the components. We are having dependency issues- like not knowing what kind of sensor precision CS team is going to need. After research, we decided to go with a custom system written in Python with OpenCV running on some flavor of Linux as our stack. Mechanical has arrived at a basic thruster configuration (we need 6 minimum for full attitude and motion control while still making the controls easy and linear) and the idea is to build various “pressure hulls” attached to a metal frame.
Time for Robosub! Today we begin the long and (hopefully) meticulous design process for this. Whiteboarding sessions for the foreseeable future.
We are spinning up three teams: electrical, mechanical and computer science. For the next three months, we’ll work on the Conservation Drone project to help our teams get their skillsets up to par and bond as a group.