All teams are required to use the 16′ WAM-V surface craft manufactured by Marine Advanced Research (MAR) as their primary competition boat. Additional requirements can be found in the competition rules.
Where the competition is fierce and the community is strong.
What is RobotX?
RobotX is a community of innovators driven to create substantive contributions to the field of autonomous, unmanned, multi-domain vehicles. We explore, encourage and make breakthroughs within three key platforms:
Challenge Interactive Virtual
Within these three platforms, participants create new mechanisms, collaborate, form connections and increase proficiency and inventiveness for maritime robotics.
191 in | 485 cm
96 in | 244 cm
50 in | 127 cm
Weight (no load)
340 lbs | 154 kg
Max Adn’l Load
485 lbs | 220 kg
Weight (full load)
825 lbs | 374 kg
Draft (no load, estimated)
3.5 in | 8.9 cm
Draft (full load, estimated)
6.5 in | 16.5 cm
Nest Image Processing Primer
RobotX Guide Resources
This document is intended for students who are considering participation in the Maritime RobotX Challenge. The document provides references to overviews of engineering and organizational considerations for designing, building, and operating a vehicle for this event.
Engineering design, fabrication and testing requires a team of individuals working together to accomplish a common goal. RoboSub is a comparable RoboNation program from which RobotX teams can learn.
WAM-V Assembly Instructions
WAM-V Detailed Instructions Manual
Owner’s Operation and Service Manual – Maritime RobotX Challenge WAM-V® USVx. Read & Completely Understand this OWNER’S OPERATION AND SERVICE MANUAL Prior to Operating.
WAM-V Assembly Videos
To accompany the owner’s manual, assembly videos have been created to assist in assembling the 16′ WAM-V surface vessel.
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WAM-V Lift Instructions
This document contains details about the motor mount hinge and how it supports the system during lifting operations.
WAM-V Propulsion Examples
Each team is responsible for choosing the electric propulsion system for their WAM-V. There are many options available, including many innovative propulsion designs.