Faculty Advisor

Gennert, Michael A.

Abstract

The goal of this project was to design and manufacture an Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) in collaboration with Santa Clara University that would integrate with their existing ASV fleet. The team was responsible for designing a universal chassis that enabled it to attach to several different kayak hulls, and upgrading the electronics to modern microcontroller architecture. The vessel is propelled by two motors and controlled by a microcontroller located onboard. The microcontroller receives commands from an off board base station, which facilitates communication between other ASVs to perform group maneuvers. The chassis and electronics were successfully designed and implemented on the kayak, demonstrating the overall integration of the teams design to the existing fleet.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Computer Science

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