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Microtransat and other robotic sailing competitions

posted Jan 20, 2011, 8:02 PM by Cesar Harada   [ updated Jan 20, 2011, 8:46 PM ]

Q: Is the competition restricted to just universities or can companies compete as well?
A: The competition is open to anybody including private individuals, universities, schools and companies.
Q: How many boats can each competitor enter?
A: Each competitor may enter as many boats as they wish.
Q: How long is it expected to take to cross the Atlantic?
A: We expect it to take around 2 or 3 months to cross the Atlantic.
Q: How likely is it that anyone will complete the race?
A: There's a good chance nobody will complete. If you do intend to enter the race, be prepared not to get your boat back! Saying that we hope that everyone does complete the race.
Q: Is there a prize for winning?
A: The only prize is the glory associated with being the first fully autonomous boat to cross the Atlantic.

Q: My boat is longer than 4 metres, can I compete ?
A: No, the maximum is 4 metres. This is an absolute maximum, if your boat is longer than 4 metres you must find a way to shorten it.
I wasn't aware there is no fully autonomous robot that has ever the Atlantic. That's very exciting. Shall we set this as a long term objective for Protei (under 4 meters version)?

And even better than that, they share their source code and designs :


Competing boats:

ASV Roboat
InnoC - Austrian Society for Innovative Computer Science

Hull: adapted Laerling (Linge design)
LOA: 3.72 m
Beam: 1.38 m
Draft: 0.55 m
Displacement: 315 Kg
Energy: 3 x 95 Wp solar panel
Batteries: 4.6 KWh Li-ion batteries
Computer: Mini ITX 800 MHz, 512MB
Operating system: Linux
Year of construction: 2006

SSA - Students Sail Autonomously
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Hull: glass fiber foam sandwich
LOA: 3.99 m
Beam: 1.60 m
Draft: 2.00 m
Displacement: 450 Kg
Energy: 4 x 90 Wp solar panel, fuel cell
Batteries: 2.4 KWh Li-Mn batteries
Operating system: Debian Linux
Year of construction: 2009

Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace, France

Hull: glass fiber sandwich
LOA: 2.40 m
Beam: 0.50 m
Draft: 1.00 m
Displacement: 35 Kg
Energy: 70 Wp solar panel
Batteries: Li-ion batteries
Computer: C167 microcontroller
Year of construction: 2006-2009

Breizh Spirit
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs, France

Hull: fiber glass
LOA: 1.30 m
Beam: 0.40 m
Draft: 0.60 m
Displacement: 12 Kg
Year of construction: 2009

Luce Canon
United States Naval Academy, Maryland, USA

Hull: designed to the SailBot Class Rule 
LOA: 2.00 m
Beam: 0.30 m
Draft: 1.50 m
Displacement: 27 Kg
Batteries: Rechargeable "C" batteries
Computer: Programmable logic board
Navigation: DGPS
Year of construction: 2008-2009

MOOP - University of Aberystwyth, UK

LOA: 72 cm
Beam: 21 cm
Draft: 12.5 cm
Displacement: 4 Kg
Energy: 400 mW peak solar panel
Batteries: 187 Wh (12x NiMH F cells)
Computer: PIC 18f4550 Microcontroller (optionally a Gumstix SBC)
Operating system: none (optionally Linux)
Year of construction: 2009

BeagleB - University of Aberystwyth, UK

LOA: 3.65 m
Beam: 0.86 m
Draft: 0.65 m
Displacement: 280 Kg
Energy: 90 W peak solar panel
Batteries: 2.8 KWh lead-acid
Computer: Gumstix Single board computer
Operating system:Linux
Year of construction: 2006-2007

University of Porto, Portugal

Hull: carbon fibre-honeycomb sandwich
LOA: 2.50 m
LWL: 2.48 m
Beam: 0.67 m
Draft: 1.25 m
Displacement: 50 Kg
Energy: 45 Wp solar panel
Batteries: 2 x 95 Wh Li-ion batteries
Computer: FPGA-based computer
Operating system: uCLinux
Year of construction: 2008

The 2008 World Robotic Sailing Championship

Iboat test in June 2008, Gruissan, France. Wind 25knts.

Iboat tests in May 2007. Saint Nicolas de la Grave, France. Wind 10knts.

The dolphin Gaspar (Jean Floc'h) playing with FASt

Roboat autonomous tacking

The Innoc first ASV (winner of the 2006 Microtransat at Toulouse)

The sailing robot Pinta (Univ. Aberystwyth), WRSC 2008

The Avalon robotic sailboat (Team SSA, ETH Zürich), 2009

The sailing boat FASt (University of Porto) maneuvering, (Douro river, Crestuma, Portugal - May 2009)

Roboat (InnoC), the winner of WRSC2009, (Matosinhos, Portugal July 2009)

Breizth Spirit (ENSIETA) crossing the bay of Brest

Thanks @monkko - Jose Garcia Huidobro