After working building underwater robots I developed a fascination with water based robots. Oceans and lakes are beautiful areas but very difficult to explore for humans. Thus, building robots to explore oceans and lakes seems like the best way to do it.

I am developing an Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) that can do long haul trips to collect environmental, audio and video data. The first prototype I have built is based around a surfboard since it’s a lightweight, hydrodynamic platform that is easy to modify and mount attachments to.

The primary repository for development of this project is here:

Below are some video highlights of recent testing

Testing at Trout Lake, demonstrating full reverse steering.

Demonstrating auto pilot by setting a series of waypoints to navigate to.