Meet ARCTOS | July 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Nigel Woodhouse on July 10, 2020

ARVP is proud to unveil the name of its newest underwater vehicle, Arctos! Those of you who are familiar with taxonomy may notice that arctos appears in the name "Ursus arctos," which is Latin for "Brown bear." Additionally, arctos is Ancient Greek for bear (coming from árktos), hence why we chose the name. This notion fits well with the University of Alberta's theme of bear-related branding and accessories (Beartracks, Golden Bears, Panas, GUBA, and the Sweetgrass Bear sculpture in the main quad, to name a few). Arctos returns to the ARVP convention of a bear-related naming scheme.

Arctos is the eleventh robot designed by the students of ARVP. It will sit shoulder to shoulder with its predecessors, AURI, AquaUrsa, SubmURSA, SubmURSA 2.0, Bearacuda, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Kodiak, Bear Cub, and Polar Bear. 

Welcome to the club, buddy!

Hard at Work

The team is hard at work to prepare for competition. Competition is taking place on August 9th, 2020. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the deliverables are modified, with emphasis on:

  • Website
  • Technical Design Report
  • Team Video

The team has approximately one month to complete some high priority deliverables. We are making significant progress. The video script is nearly complete, the design report is underway, and the website is undergoing a complete transformation. With the purchase of a new site builder called Oxygen, the site has had a breath of fresh air. The home page has been redone and we are slowly working to redesign each page. Please be patient with us as the website is still under construction; we are hard at work, improving features and updating pages. 

Robot Construction

We are purchasing materials from various retailers to begin manufacturing and assembling Arctos. We have already purchased and delivered raw materials for our frame to machinists to begin the process. The hope is to have Arctos entirely constructed by the end of summer. While Arctos will not see the waters of competition this year, its assembly will mark a significant milestone for the ARVP team of 2019/2020. Arctos will enter the TRANSDEC Pool at the 2021 RoboSub competition.

Newest Sponsor

We would thank General Dynamics for being the newest supporter of ARVP. Their backing is greatly valued and we look forward to working alongside General Dynamics in the coming months.

Contact Us

If you wish to inquire regarding the function of the team, future sponsorships, or are interested in joining ARVP, you can reach out to us here:

Final Words

We have one last month to complete our deliverables. We want to thank all of our sponsors for your continued support. And to all of our members, we would like to thank you for your continued efforts throughout the year, balancing your time with ARVP with your studies, research, personal endeavours, social lives, and relationships. We are close to the end.

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.”

David Attenborough


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