Congratulations to our new team members across all subteams for the 2015-2016 year.
The team joined many other Cornell student projects for the Bits On Our Mind showcase in March. We got the chance to show off our past and present vehicles, engage with other student innovators, and interact with the community. We were inspired by the innovative and collaborative atmosphere of the event, and even got some time in the spotlight. Check out a video recapping the event that features CUAUV and members Ricardo Stephen '18 and Jonathan Chan '18.
High school and middle school students part of Lockheed Martin's Junior Explorers program visited the lab for a tour today. Members got to talk with some of the area's most passionate middle and high school students and share with them some of the challenges of building underwater and autonomous robots. We'd like to give a special thanks to Cornell Rocketry Team for joining us and showing their newest rocket, Chewbacca!
Steady progress has been made on Argo’s functionality. The vehicle now sees regular time in Teagle pool as its hulls have successfully passed pressurized leak tests. The mechanical team continues work on its custom thrusters and second semester projects, which includes battery charging stations, an enclosure for a custom pinger, and the minisub. The electrical team is busy on their projects as the semester winds down, with development focused on improving the reliability of thruster boards, CAN drivers, and power distribution. Software team is collecting vision and sonar data for its vision modules and developing controllers for Argo’s new thrusters and vector thrusters.
In early April, Boy Scouts troops from the Ithaca and surrounding area visited Cornell. With the generosity of kits provided by SeaPerch and mentorship from CUAUV and CUAir members, scouts constructed remotely operated submersibles made from PVC, film canister thrusters, and custom remote controllers. After lunch provided by Domino’s, students were able to test (and in some cases, crash test) their ROV’s in a small pool on Upson’s outdoor patio. Scouts were awarded their robotics merit badge to symbolize the day’s accomplishment. CUAUV had a blast working with the Boy Scouts again this year!