Michalson, William R.
With autonomous vehicles becoming more prevalent in ocean applications, a necessity for affordable autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) research is clear. The 2010-2011 WPI AUV MQP continued the work of previous project groups in optimization of AUV systems and control algorithms. This project also focused on upgrading the onboard control electronics, as well as the implementation and integration of an acoustic modem for tether-less underwater communication. An external ballast holder was designed, constructed and installed to increase diving performance and reliability of the AUV. A focus late in the project was underwater communication and networking.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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