TEAM MINION NEWSROOM
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On the third day of competition, qualification rounds began. We qualified in 2 tasks!
The second day of competition was a practice day for all teams. We got on the water and recorded a lot of data on the course.
Today was the first day of competition! Today’s focus was getting the boat unpacked and assembled.
This was the first test where our submarine, Anchor, went for a ride on Minon. Everything went well, but we didn’t have electronics quite worked out, so we weren’t able to do a deployment.
Nate was able to get some good close-ups today!
Testing is starting to go smoothly, and becoming a regular part of life, instead of a special occasion. Marco and Tim did some controls testing today, and the following day, we focused on testing our mission planner to complete some tasks.
Our photographer, Nate, gets the best photos of Minion when he’s on the chase-boat. Here’s some nice glamour shots of the boat during the transit from the boat ramp to our test site.
First in-river test of our 2018 submarine, named Anchor! We can’t see much with it, but that’s more the fault of the Halifax River than the sub’s camera.
Our new testing location is the same as our testing location from 2016, but with hurricane damage from Irma, we have to put in at a marina a mile upriver. We don’t mind so much, but the boat ramps are a bit steep.
A pleasant day on the water! Just trying some controls tuning, and collecting some perception logs.
This is the first time our new thrusters from Copenhagen Subsea have been spun-up. Preliminary results: We’re excited to fight the currents at Sand Island.
Our generous sponsor, Pelican, paid us a visit, and we were more than happy to talk about the innovative ways we’ve been using their products.
While appearing at a community outreach event in New Smyrna Beach, we thought it would be a good idea to get some controls testing in! You can’t tell in the pictures, but we really had to fight with the wind that day.