Rapid is proud to be sponsoring University of the West of England's UWESub team in this year's SAUC-E (Student Autonomous Underwater Challenge) competition in Italy.
The competition tests university students' ability to design, build and program an underwater vehicle. Vehicles are expected to complete a series of tasks on a designated course, such as using sonar to map objects underwater. This will be the third successive year the university has taken part in the competition, which develops skills in aquatic technology and maritime engineering, fosters partnerships between students and industry and encourages interest in careers in the field.
Rapid has donated electronic components to this year's team, who have called their vehicle 'Project Phoenix'.
Without the resources of many of their competitors, the team have run the project on a shoestring budget. Using an old fire extinguisher as a hull and an extruded aluminium frame, the sub is driven by six fixed thrusters, giving a holonomic drive allowing it to pitch, yaw, strafe and control depth. Power is provided by a pack of rechargeable lithium polymer batteries.
Led by Dan Davies, a third year Robotics student at the Bristol-based university, the other UWESub members are Queron Williams, Kaya Sinclair, Chris Bird, Chris Chronin and Matt Huxford. The team has also received sponsorship from Harwin connectors and L. W. Jenkins metalwork.
"We are so grateful to Rapid for their sponsorship - we could not have done it without them", said Kaya Sinclair. "Thanks to Rapid we now have a Raspberri Pi git-server, a beacon, wifi antenna, torque wrench and loads more! All has been invaluable to us!"
The SAUC-E competition is held at La Spezia in northern Italy and attracts entrants from universities across Europe. SAUC-E starts on 29 June.
Follow the students' progress at the competition on their Twitter feed