MAE Student's Projects to be Published in Sparkfun Article

posted Feb 4, 2010, 10:56 AM by Karl Wendt

Electronic supplier Sparkfun selects HydroStar and R.E.S.C.U.E. Heli to be published in a few weeks in their electronics news!

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HydroStar, Autonomous Submarine

Created by KJ Edwards and Kate Lee Newcomb

KJ and Kate are senior students in an advanced high school robotic engineering course. Their project goal was to create a fully submersible and fully autonomous underwater vehicle. HydroStar utilizes several systems to achieve autonomous control. Using bump sensors, it can avoid obstacles, and using two hydrophones (under water microphones) positioned on opposites sides of its chassis, it can identify and hone in on locations of sound sources, much like the human ears. Lastly, using CO2 canisters and a hot water bottle, HydroStar can vary its buoyancy allowing it to control its depth as a result. It turns out to be an affordable and adaptable system for underwater exploration, and perhaps with a bit of modification, even underwater scavenging and recovery. You can see KJ and Kate's full write-up on their product page here:


Air – R.E.S.C.U.E. Autonomous Helicopter

Created by Jake Neighbors, Kelvin To, Eric Harmatz, and Luke Hatchbatch

Jake, Kelvin, Eric and Luke are students in the same advanced robotic engineering course as the creators of HydroStar. Air – R.E.S.C.U.E. is designed to be a fully autonomous flying machine, based on a helicopter chassis. At press time, it has mastered the ability to take off and hover entirely on its own. It will soon have the ability to navigate and negotiate a course autonomously as well. To achieve full autonomous maneuverability, it makes use of a plethora of sensors, including ultrasonic range finders, an accelerometer, a digital compass, and a GPS unit. The team hopes that their project can be adapted in the future as an affordable platform for aerial photography. You can see their entire project write-up on their build page here: