Stafford, Kenneth A
Ciaraldi, Michael J.
Natick Fire Department
In situations where someone is trapped underwater, rescue personnel must attempt a search for the body. However, this task is extremely dangerous for the divers that attempt to locate it. Drowning, hypothermia, and decompression sickness are some dangers that could happen to a diver while trying to locate a missing person. This project proposes the Aquatic Robotic Recovery Craft (ARRC), which can take the place of a diver during the search for the missing person. This system is capable of powering its thrusters to drive through the water, using a camera to look at the surrounding area, and using visual tracking to map the bottom of a body of water. Ideally, the prototype for the robot could be used by any rescue team to search for a body underwater in a safe and effective way.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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