TU Delft students head to Florida with autonomous vessel
From 18 to 24 June 2018, the ‘Trident Delft’ team will be battling against student teams from all around the world in the International RoboBoat Competition in Daytona, Florida. The team of six TU Delft students has built a boat that can navigate and perform certain other tasks autonomously. The students presented their initial Trident prototype in January, upon completion of the Robotics minor at TU Delft. They spent the following months getting the boat ready for the Florida RoboBoat competition.
Trident is 75 x 52 centimetres and weighs approximately 12 kg. It notches up speeds of approximately 1.5 metres a second. The team opted for a trimaran shape, due to its stability. This is important in light of the numerous on-board sensors, which transmit data to a computer in the hull of the boat. The computer uses this data to navigate. Trident steers using differential thrust – a system in which, for example, one propeller thrusts forward while the other thrusts in reverse.
From 18 to 24 June 2018, the ‘Trident Delft’ team will be battling against student teams from all around the world in the International RoboBoat Competition in Daytona, Florida. Trident and its rival boats will have 20 minutes to navigate an aquatic course. The vessel needs to perform several tasks as quickly as possible on the course; these include docking and undocking, avoiding obstacles and passing through gates.
"We are really looking forward to taking part in the competition. This is the first time that a team from TU Delft has signed up, so we had to start from scratch. It is sure to be tough, as the other competitors have previous experience", says IDE student Timothy Puglia.
Team Trident Delft will depart for Florida on Friday 15 June. Follow the team during the competition from 18 to 24 June via #theweekof on TU Delft’s Instagram page.
Follow the team’s progress on:
• Twitter @TridentDelft
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