P16250: Self-Powered Autonomous Aquatic Vehicle
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This project aims to develop a self powered autonomous aquatic vehicle (SPAAV). This includes:

Autonomy: the ability to navigate along a pre-defined course independent of human control

Energy Generation: the ability to generate electrical energy for on-board equipment and energy storage

Propulsion: the ability to propel itself via mechanical or electrical means without refueling

Today, there exists a strong need for autonomous vehicles in a number of different applications where a human crew may be too dangerous, cost-prohibitive, or inefficient to deploy. One of the most prominent applications is in the aquatic field, where search and recovery operations can be extremely time-consuming due to the size of the area that needs to be covered.

SPAAV shall fit these needs by providing a self-sufficient watercraft which would be capable of extended operations with little to no human intervention.

SPAAV Concept Drawing

SPAAV Concept Drawing

Project Name
Self-Powered Autonomous Aquatic Vehicle (SPAAV)
Project Number
P16250
Project Family
Vehicle Systems and Technology
Start Term
2151
End Term
2155
Faculty Guide
Michael Blachowicz, mxbddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Chris Mieney, chris.mieney@gmail.com
Sponsor (Financial & Material Support)

Team Members

Team Members (L to R): Max Kelley, Chris Mieney (Customer), Andy Litzinger, Matthew Haywood, Tyler Malay, Matt Webster, Erika Bliss

Team Members (L to R): Max Kelley, Chris Mieney (Customer), Andy Litzinger, Matthew Haywood, Tyler Malay, Matt Webster, Erika Bliss

Member Role Contact
Andy Litzinger Electrical Engineer adl6430@rit.edu
Max Kelley Electrical Engineer tmk1587@rit.edu
Matthew Haywood Electrical Engineer mxh7801@rit.edu
Matt Webster Mechanical Engineer mrw7968@rit.edu
Tyler Malay Mechanical Engineer tjm9176@rit.edu
Erika Bliss Industrial Engineer emb9434@rit.edu

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