Student’s Underwater Vehicle (UAV) Robot to explore the deep ocean

Students
from IIT Kharagpur are working on an effective and unique project entitled
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (UAV). The students have designed this vehicle as
a ROBOT which is very much brilliant more than drones and it has the potential
in performing consigned tasks beneath water like exploring for fragments of an
aircraft crashed in a deep ocean.

Image credit: IIT Kharagpur

Formerly,
the students at Robotics Centre have advanced and developed ‘Kraken 3.0’, which
is a prototype UAV that has the ability to move more than a depth of 10 metres
in a puddle of water or just like a submarine. They have pre-programmed the
vehicle in such a way that it can accomplish precisely assigned tasks like
under-water examining, detecting lost wreckage and gathering all those
fragments. 
Abhay
Kumar, who is directing and guiding this team of students, told PTI that, it
can also be used for undertaking repairs for the exterior hull of a ship.

The
UAV vehicle just looks like an armed warrior and it is designed with powerful
robust censors and cameras to discover and identify its environs.  The Under-water Robot is 1.3-metre-long
designed using Six- thruster model that can easily revolve on its own almost in
five different directions. UAV is developed as an alternative for drones,
because drones are unable to use under water. Even, they are not
water-resistant as the wireless technology embedded inside it doesn’t support
to move beneath water.

This
robot of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle has an inbuilt efficacious on-board
computer. Even they are programmed with latest technology in order to manage
problematic situations and emergencies on their own in an effective manner. A
Fourth-year student of Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture department said
that, “the Robot is programmed very efficiently so that, it can face difficult
hurdles under water and take proper decisions according to the emergency. It
may face obstacles under the water and so it is programmed how to act in case
of an emergency,”

The
students are now gearing themselves for participating in the International
AUVSI RoboSub Competition to be held at California in July. It is meant for
industries and students to display their skills in underwater robotics.

At
the hydrodynamics lab, they are busy doing active testing to develop a rugged
autonomous vehicle. The team aims to commercialize the vehicle as an education
tool. Students say they are also interested in connecting with entrepreneurs in
the field for partnerships.
(Source: TOI

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