We’ll be making our 1st Semifinal round run tomorrow (Friday) at 10am. After not being able to get in the water on Tuesday due to water-leak issues on the sonar box, we attempted and completed our qualifying run by going through the gate autonomously on our first attempt Wednesday.
We spent yesterday and today testing mission plans for how we can best target the sub for achieving the most points. We’re finding that we’re navigating and maintaining heading with no issues, but the foam we’re using for additional buoyancy is compressing due to our depth – and taking on water. Since we had been just slightly positively buoyant, this is causing us to sink. The Maryland team has been very gracious and given us some of their “perfect solution” closed cell foam, that will neither compress nor take on water. Derrick stayed late as the zip-tie enginner this afternoon ensuring that we’re level, and dive/ascend adequately to run tomorrow with our new pink foam!
The placement that determined your semi-final round run time tomorrow was determined by the order in which our team qualified overall so far – and we were 16th. There has been a total of 21 teams to have qualified, out of 31 total from 10 countries.
James and Derrick along with the top officals from the AUVSI Foundation were featured alongside the Kraken on the tv morning show San Diego Living this morning! Check it out:
We completed the final portion of static judging this afternoon, where we stood in front of a room full of approximately 20 judges giving a 30 minute powerpoint presentation w/ interactive Q&A of our team and sub. I feel good about how we represented ourselves, and thought everyone did great. The total score including our paper, website, team uniform, and presentation will be tallied tomorrow after all teams have presented. That will be our “Static Judging Score” that coincides with the ranking order for picking our 2nd semi-final run time on Saturday.
I encourage all current and past team, class, and club members to come out and see the competition this weekend! SeaPerch is having their first competition here in San Diego on site tomorrow, as well as events taking place through the weekend along side RoboSub at the Transdec. No waiver is required! Friday is media day so lots of people will be onsite – and Sat/Sun is when the public really comes out. They’re really trying to make it a family event, and have improved how they present the competition alot with the inclusion of a “jumbotron” wall of tv’s hanging from a giant forklift.
Theres multiple camera views of each sub provided by Seabotics rovers and divers during each run. We’re now able to see the run, and control/test the sub from perspectives like never before – and its fun!
Onward and Downward!