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.