Robot Type:  
Dimensions:  3.5 ft x 2.3 ft x 1.13 ft
Weight:  95 lb


"The goal of this competition is to provide an opportunity for students to experience the challenges of and develop skills in system engineering by accomplishing realistic missions with autonomous vehicles in the maritime environment and to foster ties between young engineers and the organizations developing Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) technologies." - AUVSI

The Purpose (Mission)

  • Create a Autonomous Surface Vehicle for the 2011 AUVSI Competition
  • Establish a mobile and reusable test platform or autonomy projects in the future of the GTSR Team that consist of undergraduate and graduate level research.

Design Goals

  • Custom fabricated ASV that incorporates current naval architecture and technologies.
  • Design a platform using industry accepted hardware and software technologies, that will be used as a test platform for graduate level research experiments. 
  • Facilitate interest in the local community to encourage young students and high school students to pursue degrees in engineering
  • Fully functional ASV that will accomplish all the tasks for the competition. Autonomously conduct a speed test, pick up a object navigate in a hypothetical hostile environment, arrive at GPS coordinates, release the object in a specified area and return to starting point, phew...


The ASV is a small part of what is currently underway on the GTSR team. The large picture objective of the ASV is to coordinate with a network of marine vehicles including ASVs, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Also this ASV will be used for experimental purposes to test various graduates research topics to provide validation of their theories. There are high hopes for the future development of ASVs and AUVs. Victoria is the first step.

Measurable Objectives

  1. Compete in Virgina Beach at the AUVSI and ONR's 4th International Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Competition.
  2. To have an easily maintained ASV platform that can be reprogrammed to test different autonomy algorithms. 
  3. Document and establish new and future teammates that will compete in the future competitions.

Design and Technical Description

Coming Soon!

Collegiate Level:  Undergraduate