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NURC National Underwater Robotics Challenge entry from Carl Hayden H.S.

It is teleoperated from the surface while it goes under water

Here is an ROV built for the National Underwater Robotics Challenge. This video clip shows the mission and then shows one of the teams, Carl hayden High School, Falcon Roboitics team's ROV, Amanda going through its mission at 4 x the speed. You can learn more about this competition at www.h2orobots.org

Students at the school spen three months designing and building this rov based on the legacy knowledge from the four years prior experience.for pictures of the construction



Control system: Innovation FIRST used in FIRS Robotics, Operator Interface, Robot controller

Tether: Fiber optic using IFS Transceivers

Speed Controllers: Victor 884

Manipulators: Three Jaw Grabber-Seabotix and Parallel Grabber -Seabotix

Lights: LED cluster from Superbright LEDS

Cameras: LCA 7700 from Light Camera Action

Thrusters: 8-Seabotix SBT 150- four vertical, four horizontal, each produces 6.4lbs of thrust

Bouyancy: Syntactic Foam from Syntech

Frame: Pultruded Fibergalss from Creative Pultrusions

Connectors: Underwater tight connectors from Subconn

Cable joining compound: Scotchcast

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Way cool! First submergable on LMR! Nice!!

- And it looks like good fun too. Whish my HS was that fun!

Love to see some pictures of the thing to really understand it..

Here is the lnik to see more pictures during the construction



All in silecone, new challenges for a robot..

What is this:


It is a 36 LED cluster encased in clear resin like thise used in ecasing spiders  or models. There is a PVC sleeve in the back that is filled with 3M Scotch Cast, it is a black liguid rubber mix that is in two parts initially but can be mixed and then it becomes solid rubber in 30 min. We embeded a Subconn  wetmateable connector in the PVC while we poured the Scitch Cast in so we can replace by connecting and disconnecting it.We use LED light becauseof the low power consumption and because of the nature of the light it produces. It is great for underwater cameras. Too much light and harsh light like incandecents are no good due to the "hot spots" they create. The LED create more of an ambient light. 

I guess I should put a few more links to these items on the post. I will do that soon. Thanks again for letting us post. 

The silcone you see is just in case the Scootch Cast pulled away from the PVC. Insurance!

I wonder if we could make one for under $200.
There are some that come close!

We helped to develop tyhe ROV in A Box for Inventivity.com




There is also another site that has plans and ideas for inexpensive rovs


Hope that helps!

OKay. That's me sorted for my next project.
Great we should see you next year at NURC in AZ in June! www.h2orobots.org
I'd be there in a shot, but the flights would cost more than my robot!!!!
thats soooo expensive