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Team Meeting 16th May 2017

Hello once again! Here is a little update on how things are getting on over at SotonSailBoat HQ.

Let`s launch again, like we did last summer

With the weather being lovely and warm, we were looking forwards to our first test day at a lake, trying to see if our good old Black Python was still a sea ...

Mechanical sailing for the win!

If you have been following our blog posts over the last years, you will know: Software is full of errors and waterproofing electronics is a pain! We are exci...

We're officially sailing under MIT licence!

In the spirit of the physical cleanup a few weeks ago, at our first Saturday meeting we dedicated ourselves to some tasks we had in the back of our minds and...

New Year - time to clean up our inventory

With the new year, it was about time to go through all the things we had collected over the year 2016. We found some last leftover water damaged electronics,...

Team Meeting 24th November 2016

During our most recent team meeting (held at Boldrewood) we discussed our ‘physical’ plans for the boats. Various issues were discussed, mainly centered arou...

A Word of Thanks

With all the celebrations (and organisational tasks for the immediate future of the society) done and dusted, we feel it is high time we wrote a little token...

Friday - Obstacle Avoidance

Final challenge of the competition - make runs up and down a rectangular pathway in the water. At the third or fourth run, orange buoys will be placed in the...

Thursday - Area Scanning

Welcome to Part I of the two-part series called ‘The Report on the Final Two Days of Portugal that are Way Long Overdue’.

We Won!

That’s right. No kidding. We are officially the champions for 2016’s World Robotic Sailing Championship (microsailboat class)! And at our very first try no l...

Wednesday - Station Keeping

Today was station keeping. The goal for today is: make your boat stay as close to a single point as possible for five minutes. The average of 95% of points c...

Monday -Prep day

7:30 in the morning, we got up for breakfast, and then headed off to the sailing club. We begin setting up our stuff. Indoors, the software team code their c...

Sunday - Getting to Portugal

The week has finally arrived - we’re flying to Portugal today! We arrived at uni at 10 in the morning, to give ourselves a healthy three hours to pack everyt...

Test day 24th of July

We got a new boat! It’s called the Black Python. Because it’s white.

The Challenges of Building a Sailing Robot

The big difference between a sailing robot and practically every other kind of moving robot is this: the sailing robot can’t just move in whatever direction ...

Test day 17th of July

The weather today was a much greater improvement from that of our last test! Verily, the weather gods were all “we’re sorry about last time” and blessed us w...

Test day 3rd of July

Today on the 3rd of July, we held another water test. The weather today was probably not the most ideal; though it was bright, there was a constant drizzle a...

Team Introduction: Sébastien

A former Intern at FSI, Sébastien although was only in Southampton for a short time, made and is still making an enormous contribution to the team. He is alr...

How autonomous is the robot?

We got an interesting question in our fundraising campaign, so we’d like to share the answer with everyone! Tim Miller, commodore of the Walnut Valley Sailin...

Team Introduction: Pier

Pier is a Ship Science student, and currently a summer intern in FSI, working on a Raspberry Pi ROV - his experience from our team will surely come in handy ...

First Autonomous Sailing

This Saturday was a very exciting day for us: We finally put all our electronics on a boat and let it go!

Remote Controlled Sailing Practice

As part of the rules, we have to be able to remote control our boat for emergency collision avoidance. So, in addition to writing the software to sail the bo...

All the blinking lights

We were so focused on our tests last Wednesday, that we completely forgot about time and ended up testing until almost 11 pm. We took our Landyacht MacGyver ...

Team Introduction: Tony

Tony is the leader of our hardware team. He is in charge of the lower lever electronics, coordinating who works on which system, designing the sensors and ge...

Team Introduction: Sophia

Since we are asking you to fund our team going to the World Robotic Sailing Championship, it is about time we start introducing our team members!

Crowdfunding!

Our Sailing Robot team is raising funds to send the team to Portugal and compete in WRSC2016 this September!

Dry Land Test 2

On Saturday (30th of May) we had our 2nd Dry Land Test. Our motto of the day: Check lists are very important and helpful!! They identify what needs assemblin...

What are Dry Land Tests? And Why?

Before launching our boat in water, we decided to run some tests outside, in the open space on Boldrewood campus. During our dry land test this weekend, we w...

Micro-sailboat class update

The rules are not yet out, but there has been an interesting update to the competition website: Instead of up to 1 m, now boat up to 1.5 m are included in th...

First Dryland Test

Whilst planning for our upcoming second Dryland test (on the 30th of April), we just rediscovered some photos from our first dry land test at the start of Ma...

Open Source in Open Waters

As a team we decided to make all our work available on Github. This actually means that all other teams can see our code. A regular question we get is: What ...

Science Day, 12.3.16

On Saturday, our team had a stand in the Science and Engineering Day.Over 5000 people registered for the event, so it was a very busy and long day, but we ha...

Science Week Fair!

Come to our stand at the Science and Engineering Day at the University of Southampton tomorrow (Saturday, 12.3.16)!