Southampton wins UAV challenge

An underwater autonomous vehicle developed by a team of University of Southampton engineering students has won the European Student Autonomous Underwater Challenge


An underwater autonomous vehicle (UAV) developed by a team of University of Southampton engineering students has won the European Student Autonomous Underwater Challenge (SAUC-E).



The team also received an award for Innovation in Autonomy at the competition hosted by Qinetiq at Haslar and held in their 120m x 60m ocean testing basin. Teams had to design and build a vehicle capable of completing a series of underwater tasks without any human intervention.



Southampton’s team consisted of members of the Schools of Engineering Sciences, Electronics and Computer Science, and the Underwater Systems Laboratory at the National Oceanography Centre. They developed a three-webcam image recognition system as part of a high-level control system that could map and recognise objects.



The team’s efforts were boosted by the donation of a mini ITX processor board from Kontron Europe, an advanced battery system from REAP Systems, and an advanced propulsion system from TSL Technology.