Monday, March 30, 2009

Component Integration Tests Complete

All tests of the AUV components including the thrusters, DVL, depth cell, and compass are completed. Each of the ports had to be checked for pin-out order, voltage supplied and communication with the main computer to ensure that the vehicle is ready for water testing.

We are programming a demonstration plan for the AUV to include precision navigation using the compass and depth cell. The demonstration/test is scheduled for Friday and will show that our vehicle is completed and ready for operation. Naturally, we are going to continue to upgrade and perfect the programming and tasking for the vehicle but we will merely be making tweaks and improvements.

The frame is not going to be returned from the paint shop until thursday which means that we need to have the computer and programming ready for installation as soon as the frame is returned.

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