Wow! After many setbacks, a shot at the wildcard slot in the finals, and two great runs at the course, we have come from behind and taken fourth place in the Robosub 2013 competition!
Early Sunday morning, we had an opportunity to make a "Second Chance" run at the course. If we scored above a point threshold AND had the highest score of all the teams making second chance runs, then we would earn the wildcard slot in the finals. We decided to do a simple run at the sonar task, and despite several days of problems the robot performed well enough to put us over the point threshold. For the rest of the day we waited anxiously to see how the other teams did at their second chance runs; then, only a few minutes before the finals started, we were announced as the wildcard finalists!
Chris appeared on camera as our announcer for the webcast, alongside host Zoz Brooks (left) and AUVSI Foundation Executive Director Daryl Davidson (right).
We made a simple run for the correct octagon using our sonar system, which Tortuga managed on its first try.
The team celebrates after completing our highest scoring run this competition.
The team sporting their University of Maryland war paint (back-left to front-right): alumnus Steve (currently employed at Qualcomm), Josh, Nick, Eliot, alumnus Kit (currently employed at Amazon), Johnny, Donald, Kanga, Kate, Stephen, and Chris.
We'd like to thank our sponsors for making this all possible, especially last-minute sponsors Dr. Pines and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, both of the University of Maryland. We had a great year and are looking forward to another next year...hopefully with a brand new robot! Stay tuned for updates!