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Autonomous Surface Vehicle
Overview

The Virginia Tech autonomous surface vehicles (ASV) was desiged to support experiments in long-term autonomous operations in unstructured and dynamic environments. On-going projects include experiments with heterogeneous autonomous vehicles, and geometric shoreline reconstruction using visual sensors. Principal performance and physical characteristics are

  • Payload: 400 lbs.
  • Endurance: >3 days at full throttle
  • Cruise speed: 1.5-2 m/s

Research on machine vision is being conducted in collaboration with Professors Chris Wyatt and Andy Kurdila.

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Intrumentation and Electronics
  • WAAS-GPS
  • tri-axial gyro
  • attitude
  • conductivity, temperature, dissolved oxygen probe
  • ADCP with bottom-lock
  • omni-direction camera
  • 802.11 wifi

Software/Processor
  • Two laptops
  • National Instruments LabView and C++