Advanced Navigation would like to congratulate the Desert Wave team for winning third place in the 2019 International RoboSub Competition!
A Subsonus USBL was provided as part of a sponsorship to ensure accurate navigation for their Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).
Hosted by the Office of Naval Research and RoboNation, the competition tasked 55 teams from more than 12 countries with designing and building an autonomous underwater vehicle. Desert WAVE prepared for the event by meeting weekly for several months with their mentors, engineering lecturer Daniel Frank and Faridodin Lajvardi of the Si Se Puede Foundation. Together they turned the tide in their favor by building relevant industry-related skills in computer-aided design, 3D printing and teamwork.
After placing fifth in the semi-finals, Desert WAVE swelled to third place in a competitive final round after Harbin Engineering University from China and Far Eastern Federal University/Institute for Marine Technology Problems from Russia. Their standing made Desert WAVE the highest-ranked from the United States and earned them a $3,000 prize.
Excited about ending the competition with high marks, the team members – many of whom are freshmen – are already looking forward to competing in the RoboSub competition next year.