Final SailBOT Video of Fall 2014
The inaugural VT SailBOT Team placed fourth out of five* teams in the 2014 International Robotic Sailing Regatta (IRIS) in Vallejo, California. A very impressive effort considering the team started from scratch only one year ago. Thank you to all who participated and worked countless hours right up until the deadline for competition. A special thank you goes out to all of our generous sponsors who contributed to the project - it would not have been possible without each of you.
Please check out some of the pictures and videos from the competition on our website and you can read more about the competition at http://sailbot.org/irsr-2014/
Marc Rauer will be leading the team next year. The team already has goals of constructing a lighter boat and to vastly improve the autonomous code to compete in next years IRIS. Memorial University will host the 2015 IRIS in Newfoundland, Canada next June.
Thank you again for your contributions,
- CDRE Thomas L. Shea, Class of 2014
*Six teams entered, but California Maritime did not field a boat
Welcome to the website for the Virginia Tech SailBOT student design team. The newly formed SailBOT team is one of many student-run engineering design teams that showcases Virginia Tech's exceptional College of Engineering.
The 2013 spring semester marked the inception of the Virginia Tech SailBOT design team with the ultimate goal of designing and building a 2-meter long, fully autonomous sailboat for competition in the 2014 International Robotic Sailing Regatta held in early June. Quickly, the team swelled to over 65 undergraduate student members from multiple engineering disciplines. Team members represent several departments within the College of Engineering including the Department of Aerospace & Ocean Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science & Mechanics, and Electrical & Computer Engineering. While mainly consisting of students studying engineering, membership is open to any student at Virginia Tech.
Designing and building a 2-meter long seaworthy craft can be complicated enough as is, and when constructing a fully autonomous boat, the technical aspect intensifies greatly. Team members must incorporate (and build upon) their sense of understanding in the areas of aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, ship dynamics, electronics, programming, structural design, material properties, machining, and project management.
Check out the team exploring California before competition.