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Time to Build the Nautilus

The team was able to obtain six 8″ diameter pontoons that will be used to build our new boat, the Nautilus, which will compete in the 2021 RoboBoat.

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Finders Keepers

The team found a Honeywell HMR3000 Digital Compass in the unmanned lab. Turns out it belongs to the boat team; that’s us. It has been tested and will be added to ROS to assist with navigation.

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SLAM

The tank used simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) to create a map of its environment.

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The Tank Comes to Life

Finally, the tank is up an running and after several design modifications is able to map and navigation autonomously although much work is left to do.

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Time to Start Testing

The team mount the GPS and LiDAR to the wagon we use to move the boat to perform testing. This makeshift setup allowed us to begin the process of learning how to process of adjusting the settings to provide the desired output.

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It’s Time for Video

The boat’s camera system will be the e-CAM130_CUXVR multiple cameras for Nvidia Jetson AGX Xavier. It allows high resolution video to be transferred in real-time to the Xavier to assist with mapping and navigation.

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Velodyne is in the House

The Velodyne VLP-16 Puck LiDAR will collect data about the distance to objects surrounding the boat. This data will be used by the Nvidia Jetson AGX Xavier to build a map of the boat’s environment and to help with navigation.

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3D Printing Thruster Brackets

The team printed the replacement thruster bracket on an Ultimaker 2 Extended+ 3D printer using a file created in Solidworks after the original bracket failed.

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Maiden Voyage of Argo II

The team tests the Argo II, a boat inherited from a previous team. The test went well, but identified some issues with the design of the boat and installation of the thrusters leading to a bracket failure.

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