Marine Robotics TeamI have been a member of the MIT Marine Robotics Team (MRT) since the creation of the team in January 2011. I started as a UROP to a contest run with autonomous underwater robots that were designed to use different colors on the floor of the pool to swim inside a box and drop a ball, then return to the surface. The competition went ....alright. The UROPs organizing the competition ended up being the only participants, so we built the arena while designing the robots. It was my first exposure to any kind of software, including the magical arduino! I learned a ton, and have gone on to work extensively with the team on their current project: the Chevron Glider. We have received a grant to build an underwater glider that is capable of reaching several hundred meters in depth and detect dispersed oil throughout the water column. This vehicle is ideally going to be deployed in the Gulf of Mexico to help quantify the damage done by Deepwater Horizons.
|Group photo in Fall '12 with the gliders|
|Tightening the hose clamp that holds the magnet in place. The Glider is activated by an external magnet triggering a hall effect sensor.|
|Launching the model for initial trimming|