15 October 2010 | Print page |

AVT-Sponsored Cornell University Team Wins Robotic Submarine Competition

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY/USA) won the AUVSI/ONR Underwater Vehicle competition in San Diego, CA on July 19, 2010 with their experimental robotic submarine Tachyon. This is the second victory in a row for the Cornell team.

The competition is co-organized every year by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The goal of this competition is to advance the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) by challenging a new generation of engineers to perform realistic missions in an underwater environment. This event also serves to foster ties between young engineers and the organizations developing AUV technologies.

Allied Vision Technologies sponsors the Cornell team and provided the two digital machine vision cameras used in their submarine: An AVT Guppy F-080C Color CCD Camera for the vehicle's forward vision while an AVT Guppy F-046C Color CCD Camera for the vehicle's downward vision.

During the competition, the unmanned underwater vehicles had to autonomously complete a series of tasks. The final run during the international AUVSI competition went nearly perfectly. Tachyon hit the targeted buoy, got both torpedoes into the correct window, and dropped both markers in the proper bins, following pipes and passing over obstacles along the way. In spite of a hydrophones board failure, the team completed enough of the course to earn the first place. “We look forward to applying what we learned this year to the creation of our next vehicle”, says Brian Mittereder, Team leader of the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team.

Allied Vision Technologies is proud to sponsor this successful team. Congratulations to all and good luck for the 2010/11 competition!

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