High school and middle school students part of Lockheed Martin's Junior Explorers program visited the lab for a tour today. Members got to talk with some of the area's most passionate middle and high school students and share with them some of the challenges of building underwater and autonomous robots. We'd like to give a special thanks to Cornell Rocketry Team for joining us and showing their newest rocket, Chewbacca!
Steady progress has been made on Argos functionality. The vehicle now sees regular time in Teagle pool as its hulls have successfully passed pressurized leak tests. The mechanical team continues work on its custom thrusters and second semester projects, which includes battery charging stations, an enclosure for a custom pinger, and the minisub. The electrical team is busy on their projects as the semester winds down, with development focused on improving the reliability of thruster boards, CAN drivers, and power distribution. Software team is collecting vision and sonar data for its vision modules and developing controllers for Argos new thrusters and vector thrusters.
In early April, Boy Scouts troops from the Ithaca and surrounding area visited Cornell. With the generosity of kits provided by SeaPerch and mentorship from CUAUV and CUAir members, scouts constructed remotely operated submersibles made from PVC, film canister thrusters, and custom remote controllers. After lunch provided by Dominos, students were able to test (and in some cases, crash test) their ROVs in a small pool on Upsons outdoor patio. Scouts were awarded their robotics merit badge to symbolize the days accomplishment. CUAUV had a blast working with the Boy Scouts again this year!
Over spring break, the team traveled to Washington, D.C.s Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for the National Robotics Week kick-off event. Joined by CUAir, CUAUV participated in an expo with other robotics organizations and university robotics teams from around the country, and got a chance to present its team history and vehicle to a packed auditorium. CUAUV was excited to interact with other expo participants, where we got to learn from other attendees and share our passion for robotics with visitors. The team thanks the Smithsonian and National Robotics Week for letting us be a part of such a great event!
The team has been very busy putting together more final touches onto Argo. The vehicles frame is largely assembled, and most of its enclosures have undergone successful leak tests. Electrical team has been working diligently to prepare its boards during integration, with boards housed in the UHPV having been connected to the vehicles backplane. Software continues work on its course simulator and controls, and have been working to ensure the vehicles computer is properly migrated into Argo. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and website to follow the vehicles latest progress!
In the Washington, D.C. area? CUAUV will travel to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on Friday, April 3rd to kick off National Robotics Week. The team will join other robotics organizations and industry experts to celebrate innovation and research in the field. Well be showing off some of our work and speaking with visitors and other presenters. Were excited to be a part of this week and support the Smithsonian in this fantastic event.
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On March 14th, CUAUV joined forces with the Society of Women of Engineers (SWE) to host over 60 Girl Scouts Juniors in a science-related workshop. Students from Ithaca and the surrounding area came to Upson Hall to storyboard their own movie, animate their own artwork, learn about acoustics, and build miniature roller coasters. They also got a chance to visit our lab, see previous vehicles, and play science word games. In the end, the scouts earned their Entertainment Technology badge. It was a fun-filled day and we are happy to have been able to work with SWE to put on a successful workshop! You can check out more pictures from the event on our Facebook page.
The team has been working hard to begin integration for Argo at the start of this month. Mechanical team has been machining, sanding, and anodizing diligently to get their last batch of parts completed. Electrical has received their latest revisions of boards and are aiming to populate, test, and crimp in time for the in-water deadline. The software team is finishing integration of our new mission system and vision system (both started last semester), developing a new submarine and course simulator/visualizer, and continuing research on localization and controls. Be on the lookout for the reveal of our 2015 vehicle.
This past month, members of CUAUV was invited to meet with a panel 4 students from the Latino Leadership Summit on campus. At the time, these high school students competed in MATE ROV, and with $800 and little experience, took on the competition's heavyweight MIT. Their story was turned into the 2015 film Spare Parts, which has since received national acclaim. CUAUV was able to meet with the panel, discuss the challenges of such a competition, and provide a tour of CUAUV's own lab space and facilities. We are thrilled to have been able to meet these inspiring students!