During the 2023-2024 year, we will be working primarily on 4 different projects.
For the RoboBoat competition in spring 2024, we intend to build on the platform completed in 2023, upgrading components and focusing on improving software from the previous year. This project will involve mechanical and electrical design, as well as software development. This project is recommended for members getting into robotics.
For the RoboSub competition in summer 2024, we will develop a new vehicle from scratch. This project will involve heavy mechanical design, electrical design, signal processing, and computer vision.
We will be refurbishing and upgrading the WAM-V for RobotX taking place in fall 2024. This project involves heavy electrical work, moderate mechanical design, and robotics software experience.
This year, we aim to complete fabrication of the ModiMOOP 1-meter prototype and start navigation tests on the vehicle. At the same time, we will start using information gained from the development of the prototype to begin design of the full scale vehicle intended to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
This year marked the return of our team to robotics competitions following our suspension of in-person activities during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In November 2022, we competed at the RobotX Competition in Sydney, Australia! Our team won the “Most Improved” Award for overall performance. Our aerial vehicle won 2nd place in the RobotX-Air component of the challenge!
In March 2023, we competed at the RoboBoat Competition in Sarasota, Florida! Our team won 3rd place overall! In just 4 months, we completed our surface vehicle from partially fabricated components left over from before the pandemic (which is why our video features an older vehicle, our new vehicle didn’t exist yet!).
Over the 2022-2023 year, we developed the Microtransat 1-meter prototype design, ModiMOOP (derived from the MaxiMOOP), and started fabrication of the hull.
The 2021-2022 school year marked the return of MRG to on-campus activities following our suspension of in-person activities during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the 2021-2022 year, we started work on our WAM-V surface vehicle for RobotX. We implemented our prototype thruster system, providing power to four trolling motors mounted in a holonomic configuration.
In late 2021, we started development for the Microtransat Challenge, doing background research for vehicle development.
During the 2020-2021 school year, our team operated through virtual means. We focused on developing methods for collaboration on software development.
We competed in the virtual RoboBoat 2021 competition, winning 2nd place in the Propulsion Video category and the Collaboration & Training award.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the RoboBoat competition in 2020 was not held in person. However, the team developed a new surface vehicle and completed fabrication of the foam for the new pontoons. This vehicle was completed in 2023 by a new team.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the RoboSub competition in 2020 was in online video form. The team made various improvements to the hull of the AUV and developed more robust perception algorithms.
In 2018, we competed at RobotX with the WAM-V autonomous surface vehicle.
We competed at RoboBoat in Daytona Beach, Florida. At this competition, we started using ROS for our surface vehicle, transitioning from our previous software.
We competed at RoboSub in San Diego, California. At this competition, we used ROS for our vehicle software.
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