autonomous surface vehicle (ASV)

Autonomous Surface Vehicle

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) – commonly used for ocean survey and observation purposes. Components or systems common for all ASVs design are the navigation system, propulsion system, computer control system and the hull or body of the ASV itself. Some ASVs have stability equipment attached to the body specifically for extreme operating environment.

The International RoboBoat Competition was first held in 2008. During the competition, student teams race autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) of their own design through an aquatic obstacle course. This includes littoral area navigation, channel following, and autonomous docking. The competition provides an opportunity for students to develop skills in system engineering by accomplishing realistic missions with autonomous vehicles in the maritime environment.

The RoboBoat Competition is an important key to keeping young engineers excited about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math and has been tremendously successful in recruiting students into the high-tech field of maritime robotics. The tasks for this year’s competition include locating an acoustic beacon with a pinger, recognizing underwater light patterns, docking the boat, and navigating a buoy course.

Unmanned – Autonomous surface vehicles scheme