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ROV Pontus

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This technical report describes the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Pontus, built by the Eastern Edge Robotics Team to compete in the 2008 MATE International ROV Competition. The basis of the chassis is two fiberglass pontoons connected by high-density polyethylene frames. The ROV uses four 24-V thrusters and a stereoscopic camera. The ROV has two pistons to hold and lift objects and a thermistor to record temperature. The control system was programmed in C# and runs using seven threads that sample data continuously. The ROV has an onboard electronics system that is inside a polycarbonate housing connected to the surface using a custom-built tether. The topsides electronics consist of a joystick and a control unit. To build the ROV, the team learned new technical skills, like fiberglassing and programming Programmable Intelligent Computer (PIC) controllers. Eastern Edge Robotics Team came in first place overall in the Explorer (university/college) class at the 2008 MATE Competition, winning first place in their mission tasks, first place in technical report and first place for their engineering evaluation.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2009-03-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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