We started our open-source (MIT licence) autonomous sailing robot project at University of Southampton. Our ultimate goal is to design a long-persistent ocean observation platform powered by renewable energy. This platform will help us collect data from ocean and have a much better understanding of our ocean environment.
And of course, our autonomous system was build on top of ROS, here is the our source repository:
Here are some picture we took at World Robotics Sailing Championship 2016 at Portugal last year. (We are the champion in our class, by the way )
And this year, we are still improving our sailing platform in many ways:
- Improve waterproof capability (seawater is a really nightmare to all electronics)
- Develop/ integrate new path planning algorithm(s)
- Get better sensors (wind sensor, GPS, IMU) for our boat
Last but not least, we are continuously looking sponsors in electronic components, and our trip to World Robotics Sailing Competition 2017 in Spain to defend our champion.
Cheers and happy hacking