The Purdue IEEE ROV Team recently received 2nd place in the 2011 MATE Competition in Houston, Texas.  Our team also received the Martin Bowen Award for Professionalism.  The results for the 2011 MATE competition can be seen here.

For more information about the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) Competition, check out their website here.

Aperture Aquatics has designed and constructed ROV Hybris to accomplish the tasks set forth by the 2011 MATE International ROV Competition. This includes deploying a custom-designed oil cap, collecting biological samples, and collecting a water sample at a specified depth. At 62 cm long, 58 cm wide, and 21 cm tall, ROV Hybris is capable of performing these tasks in a single dive.

Designed with reliability, speed, and dexterity in mind, ROV Hybris is capable of maneuvering with six degrees of freedom. It has four thrusters for horizontal movement and four thrusters for vertical movement. The payload tools have been designed specifically for the mission and include a main gripper, oil cap deployment mechanism, and fluid sample collection system. All of the electronic hardware, responsible for power management, vehicle movement, and sensor data collection, has been designed and fabricated from the ground up. The on-board and base station software was designed and developed by the company. Although it was a significant challenge to custom design electronic hardware, ROV Hybris is fully functional.


  • Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV) While in Houston, our team was offered a tour of a NASA Robotics Lab where the Lunar Electric Rover had been developed.  http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/home/SEV.html ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2011, 1:02 PM by Clayton Kleppinger
  • Test Run This is the first actual test of ROV Hybris that we were able to perform.  Before we traveled to Houston for the actual competition, the only pool that we had ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2011, 2:40 PM by Clayton Kleppinger
  • INSGC News Article We have an article on the INSGC website.  The Indiana Space Grant Consortium was a major sponsor of ROV Hybris. https://engineering.purdue.edu/INSGC/MateROV
    Posted Jul 19, 2011, 2:34 PM by Clayton Kleppinger
  • Acrylic vs. Polycarb Why we chose to use polycarbonate instead of acrylic for the watertight chambers.  It blows apart when you smash it with 14.7 lb chunk of aluminum.
    Posted Jul 19, 2011, 2:30 PM by Clayton Kleppinger
  • Working on the Electronics System Quick video of all the electronic systems on their mounting rails before they were mounted to the ROV and before we began wiring.
    Posted Jul 19, 2011, 2:27 PM by Clayton Kleppinger
  • Seth Baklor Interview following Mission Run #1 Team captain and ROV pilot Seth Baklor was interviewed by MATE Competition staff following our first mission run.
    Posted Jul 19, 2011, 2:23 PM by Clayton Kleppinger
  • MATE 2011 Purdue Mission Run #2 This is the video of the second mission run for the Purdue ROV Team.  This run did not go as well as the first mission run did, beginning with loosing ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2011, 2:08 PM by Clayton Kleppinger
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