ARVP is working to develop a new generation of autonomous underwater vehicle to supersede its predecessor, Auri. Over the three year lifespan of Auri, the ARVP team gained valuable insights which have aided in the design of a new and improved system. Everything from hull and sealing design, frame structure, underwater image detection, torpedo launching mechanisms, and signal processing are being overhauled and implemented into the new robot. This new robot has been named Arctos.
The team has finished the design of Arctos and has begun ordering parts and communicating with machinists to get the frame and hull fabricated. Although there have been delays due to COVID-19, it is expected that the new robot will be completed by the end of August, 2020. However, this new robot will not be used in this year's competition. Although the 2020 RoboSub competition was set to take place August 3-9, 2020 in San Diego, CA, the in-person portion of the competition has been cancelled because of COVID-19. The team will still be completing a Technical Design Report, Team Video, and updating our website, and these three items will be judged and form the basis of this year's competition. These three deliverables are all due on August 9th. We will post them on our website once they are ready for public viewing.
Progressive updates will be posted regarding the status of the new robot and our competition deliverables. If you are interested in the team's progress, follow ARVP on social media!