Project Description

It has been proposed that Northern Arizona University join the Robosub competition for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in 2016. Our team for the Mechanical Engineering Design course has decided to take on this task with two electric major students. AUVSI has been holding this competition for 18 years and will host another competition in July, 2016. The competition is co-sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and is open to all students all over the country as well as internationally. Competitors in the past have included students from both high schools and universities worldwide. The competition requires that the robot being tested is fully autonomous and submersible.

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Northern Arizona University does not yet have any kind of robotics team or a Robosub to compete in the competition, so the team plans to complete the project from start to finish. In order to do so, a proposal must be submitted to the AUVSI competition board to get accepted into the competition as well as complete the full design for the robot.


Create a competitive robot that meets all of the design requirements and completes all of the tasks autonomously.




Pass through gates

ft wide

Torpedo target

ft^2 area

Bump target

ft^2 area

Remove lid

ft from handle

Recognize Color

Red, blue, green , etc....

Drop marker

ft from bin

Complete all tasks quickly



The robot is required to be Autonomous

The weight limit of the robot is less than 57kg

The size limit of the robot is within 1.83m x 0.91m x 0.91m

The competition requires a Kill Switch The time limit is within 15 minutes

The power source requires U.S 120V 60Hz 15A electrical for all the countries