Submersible Autonomous Data Collection And Transmission System

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The purpose of this project is to collaborate multidisciplinary engineering skills to reach a common goal: designing and developing a durable, energy efficient, trackable system capable of collecting, storing and transmitting temperature, and pressure at numerous depths in a body of freshwater for a minimum of 24 hours (while staying clear of situations that may lead to physical damage).

bulletDesign changes to Ballast tanks
bulletPreliminary Pool Test on Saturday May 10th
bulletFinal Pool Test Wednesday May 14th

Scope Limitations:

S.A.D.C.A.T.S. shall meet the following requirements:

1.      Have the ability to collect the following information:

a.       Temperature

b.      Pressure

2.      Have the ability transmit information to a given location at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

3.      Have the ability to collect data from numerous positions with respect to both the position on the surface as well as the depth below the surface.

4.      Have the ability to collect and transmit information for a minimum of 24 hours.

5.      Have the capability of interfacing with previously developed tracking system (GPS).

6.      Is easily deployable from specified watercraft.

S.A.D.C.A.T.S. should have the following features:

1.      Have a local storage device for the data.

2.      Have a power supply capable of enduring the specified time intervals

a.       Have a power generations source if supply is deficient

3.      Have the ability of movement (non-anchored)

4.      Additional mechanisms to aid in retrieval

5.      Have a design such that the system is easily maintainable for:

a.       Exterior

b.      Mechanical Components

c.       Electrical Components

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Preliminary Ballast Design
Text Box: Preliminary Ballast Design

Key Business Goals:

 The information collected from the S.A.D.C.A.T.S. is crucial to a better understanding of the great lakes ecology. The intention of producing the S.A.D.C.A.T.S. is to provide information to be analyzed. The success of the data collection will lead to improvements/conservation of the great lakes ecosystem.


Final Ballast Design
Text Box: Final Ballast Design


 Stakeholders include Dr. Kremens, SUNY Brockport’s Aquatic Ecology department,  as well as other research facilities seeking information provided by S.A.D.C.A.T.S..



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Last updated: 04/24/03.