Introduction10/01/2008 at 6:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
This blog is all about the attempts of a team from Aberystwyth University’s Department of Computer Science to build an autonomous sailing robot to sail from Europe to the Caribbean in the Microtransat Challenge. The rules of the Microtransat are basically to sail from Europe to the Caribbean using only wind power for propulsion and carrying onboard any electricity generating equipment (solar panels, batteries, generators etc) to run computers, actuators and sensors. The boats must be less than 4 metres long and must be fully autonomous (not remote control). We have already spent the last 3 and a bit years building sailing robots. We’ve built two robots ourselves and had another one built for us by a robotics company. There have already been two smaller competitions that we’ve called Microtransats. The first one was in 2006 in France and the second one was last year in Aberystwyth. There’s more information about all of this on the Microtransat website.