Virginia Tech Autonomous Surface Vehicle Team 2012

Welcome to the official website of the 2012 Virginia Tech Autonomous Surface Vehicle Team (ASVT).  The team will be competing in the 4th Annual RoboBoat competition this June at the Founders Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach, VA.  The RoboBoat competition is sponsored by the AUVSI Foundation, and a brief overview of the competition can be seen at the AUVSI website.

Current Work

June 8, 2012

This past week the team has been working full speed to get all of the challenge subsystems up and running.  There have been several tests with the boat on the Duck Pond as well!

The pan/tilt system for the Hot Suit challenge has been finalized with the camera, overhead shielding, water jet, and red-dot sighting for future troubleshooting assistance.

The tank for the poker chip challenge was preliminarily too heavy, so extra floatation has been implemented inside the treads and around the gripper arm.

The lighter carbon fiber tubes were installed for the gripper arm (card exchange challenge) making it look quite nice.  It is easier on the motors now too!

The cart used for boat transportation was upgraded and padded to keep the boat looking as sleek and new as possible.

Plenty of testing has been done to work on the navigation systems on the boat as well!

Previous work