The Office of Naval Research (ONR) will provide a standard surface vessel to each team that will serve as the maritime platform for the various sensor suites and control systems that the Teams determine necessary to complete the mission tasks. These vessels will be provided WITHOUT propulsion units so that the maneuvering control of the vessel must be selected by each team, and integrated fully into their autonomy schema. Each team will be provided with a stipend to defray the costs of designing and assembling their own propulsion system, motor controller, and electric power source. The vessels were delivered to the teams in November 2013.
This competition is designed to foster student interest in autonomous robotic systems operating in the maritime domain, with an emphasis on the science and engineering of autonomy