There was no doubt that the crew was excited after today’s successful prototype launch. This morning, a group of 6 team members went to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club to check how the boat sat in the water. Although she is not autonomous yet, we drove her around with a remote control to do some initial speed testing. At 4 knots, we were surprised at how fast she cruised through the water.
This week we will be accelerating our development of a basic autonomous navigation system, and hopefully have something autonomous ready by next weekend. Needless to say, we are very excited about our progress and what is to come next.
Since the beginning of March, the team has worked intensively on getting the prototype ready for on-water testing. Last night, the final touches were made, and tomorrow we will put her on water for the first time. We are very excited to see how she sits in the sea, and to do some initial testing!
Stay tuned for updates over the weekend.
Here are some pictures from the yesterday’s session:
After three months of research, planning and drawing, our hull design team started constructing the prototype of our autonomous vessel out of cedar wood and fiberglass. The prototype has a streamlined design, to reduce friction and increase efficiency. Using wood helps decrease the overall weight of the vessel. The prototype will show us how our proposed vessel design behaves in real world conditions, and it will enable us to optimize it further.