NAVIGATOR Missions

Please note that this class is only available at certain regional competitions.

 

REGIONAL COMPETITION INFORMATION

NAVIGATOR class:

The Shedd Midwest ROV MATE Regional will not be offering a Navigator class competition.

 

DESIGN BRIEF

Commerce: Hyperloop Construction

  • Insert one rebar reinforcement rod into position in the steel baseplate.
  • Install the frame onto the baseplate.
  • Remove a pin to release the chains holding the frame.
  • Transport and position the hose for pouring concrete into the frame.
  • Retrieve the three positioning beacons and return them to the surface.

Entertainment: Light and Water Show Maintenance

  • Disconnect the power cable from the platform.
  • Turn the valve to stop the flow of water to the platform.
  • Remove the old fountain.
  • Install the new fountain.
  • Turn the valve to restore the flow of water to the platform.
  • Reconnect the power cable to the platform.
  • Return the old fountain to the surface, side of the pool.

Health: Environmental Cleanup

  • Collect a sediment sample from the contaminated area and return it to the surface.
  • Collect two clams from the contaminated area and return them to the surface.
  • Place a cap over the contaminated area.

Safety: Risk Mitigation

  • Locate the two cargo containers.
  • Insert the sensor provided by MATE into the port on the side of each container to activate the RFID. The RFID will be simulated by LED lights on the surface at the side of the pool.
  • Use the data to determine the container’s identification number, contents, and if the contents are high risk. (MATE will provide you with a container manifest.)
  • Attach a buoy marker to the U-bolt on the container with high-risk cargo.

 

SPECS

What follows is a summary of the electrical and fluid power requirements for the NAVIGATOR class.  The complete design and building specifications will be included within the competition manual.

  • 12 volts, 15 amps DC. Conversion to lower voltages is permitted topside and on the ROV. Onboard electrical power is not permitted.
  • Manually-powered hydraulics and pneumatics are permitted. Pneumatic systems cannot exceed ambient pool pressure and must follow the fluid power specifications included within the competition manual.
  • Lasers are NOT permitted.
  • Camera is required.
  • Depth requirement: Varies depending on the regional event. The regional coordinator will provide this information.
  • New in 2017! Anderson Powerpole connectors are required on all vehicles. 
  • Maximum size limit: None. See below for additional details on size requirements.

NOTE:  Watch for new safety requirements and additional, detailed electrical specifications within the competition manuals.

SIZE AND WEIGHT POINT VALUES

The Port of Long Beach has included an ROV size and weight requirement in the request for proposals (RFP). Smaller, lighter vehicles will be given special consideration and vehicles above a certain size and weight will not be considered.

All size and weight measurements will include the vehicle, all tools and components, and the tether. The topside control system and 1 meter of tether going into the control system will NOT be included in the length or weight measurement. To receive points for smaller sized vehicles, the two largest dimensions of the vehicle and tether must fit through a round hole of the following dimensions:

SIZE SCORING
< 44cm diameter +10
44.01cm to 48cm +5

 

 

 

 

NOTE: In addition to the size and/or weight limitations described above, companies must be able to personally transport the vehicle and associated equipment to the product demonstration station and to the technical sales presentation room. The ROV systems must be capable of being safely hand launched.

RESOURCES

Teams are permitted to use the materials of their choice provided that they are safe, will not damage or otherwise mar the competition environment, and are within the defined design and building specifications.

Teams are encouraged to focus on engineering a vehicle to complete the product demonstration tasks; when considering design choices, teams should ask themselves which one most efficiently and effectively allows them to solve the problem. Re-using components built by previous team members is permitted provided that the current team members evaluate, understand, and can explain their engineering and operational principles. Using or re-using commercial components is also permitted, provided that team members evaluate, understand, and can explain their engineering and operational principles. Teams will be questioned extensively on their overall design and component selections during their technical sales presentations.

TIME
The complete competition manual will be released by November 15, 2016; teams have from that date until the regional events in the spring of 2017 to construct their vehicles and prepare the engineering and communication components (technical reports, engineering presentations, and poster displays).  Visit the MATE website at www.marinetech.org or request to be added to the MATE competition listserve to ensure a timely delivery.