We’ll start of with some philosophy…
The overall design philosophy of the vehicle is to make a robust and expandable underwater vehicle platform. As been the fact in previous years, the design process starts well before final competition rules are published. We did not make guesses on what the mission would be, but instead design a vehicle with a good amount of flexibility built into it. No part of this vehicle is over-designed, but rather it is designed to be adaptable to any mission’s need.
Introducing our ‘submarine’
The hardware platform is based on the now-classic Cornell’s twin-hull-on-aluminum-frame concept. The central frame provides easy access for mounting sensors and any other payload. The larger top hull will house the vehicle electronics, while the bottom hull contains the vehicle’s batteries and motor controllers. The combination of relatively high buoyancy on the top hull and greater weight on the bottom hull gives the vehicle an excellent static stability on the
pitch and roll axes.