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Maritime RobotX Challenge Hawaii 2018

Event Location
Honolulu, USA
RobotX Challenge Hawaii 2018 Logo
Honolulu, USA
Event Snapshot
Event
RobotX Challenge 2018
Year
2018
Start Date
Saturday, 8 Dec, 2018
End Date
Saturday, 15 Dec, 2018
Duration
8days
Venue
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 2552 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, United States
Industries & Sectors
Engineering ● Marine Science
City
Honolulu
Country
United States
Region
Oceania
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About the Event
Maritime RobotX Challenge, 8-15 December 2018, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Advancements in autonomous vehicle technology across all domains - air, land, and water - are moving fast in public and private sectors, including academia through research and competitions. In support of these advancements, the Maritime RobotX Challenge was created. In 2012, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) launched the first biennial Maritime RobotX Challenge.

RobotX is RoboNation's most complex robotic competition to-date. Through this competition, we aspire to engage regional partners around the Pacific Rim while creating a new, high-level competition focused on autonomous surface vehicle platforms and sensors. The third RobotX Challenge will be held in December 2018 in Hawaii.

A new element of RobotX is the creation of the RobotX Forum, intended to be an interactive gathering with presentations from academia, senior officials, and industry leaders involved in the development and use of autonomous maritime systems. The second RobotX Forum will be held in December 2019, location to be announced soon.
 
Exhibitors/Presenters
Blue Robotics makes low-cost, high-performance components for marine robotics to enable the next generation of ocean exploration! Based in Torrance, California, we are a young and innovative company with a diverse and international customer base.... More

Our Story
It all started when we decided that we wanted to try to send a solar powered robotic boat from Los Angeles to Hawaii.

It was a fun side project: build a small GPS-guided solar-powered boat and send it from Los Angeles to Hawaii, completely autonomously. We wanted to do something cool that had never been done before.

While researching components for the project, we realized that the limiting component was the thruster. We needed something high quality to resist saltwater, operate continuously, and be efficient for months on end. The least expensive options we could find were over $550 each, pushing us over our budget. Not to mention, these thrusters needed maintenance every 50 hours and were designed with outdated technology. As we did more research, we found that many people are building their own marine robots and are having the same problem. Most of them have simply given up or used less-than-ideal solutions, like using brushless motors directly in water that have to be replaced when they corrode. Some people tried to build their own thrusters, but with little success.

We set out to design a thruster that is affordable, reliable, and more capable than anything out there to enable these people and many more to explore the ocean. Now here we are.
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