Oct. 16, 2014: New Microsoft Lifecam is recieved for replacement of GoPro front camera.
Oct. 14, 2014: Final order with SEACON is made for underwater connection system. Expected arrival is in two weeks.
Oct. 14, 2014: The team website is launched.
Oct. 13, 2014: Travis Alpers, Computer Science, joins the team. The potential for a waterproof casing for the batteries is considered to increase access to the batteries.
Oct. 12, 2014: Heat transfer calculations are performed to determine that fins on the endcaps are not necessary.
Oct. 11, 2014: Linux and open source robotic programming installed on test computer for experimentation. Fixed mismatched motor connection.
Oct. 10, 2014: Recieved final quote for parts from SEACON. Placed order for several test cameras.
Oct. 5, 2014: Pressurization of the tube is considered as a method of leak detection but later vetoed due to the resulting loss in buoyancy.
Oct. 2, 2014: Using a shorter tube that can be slid along the frame for an increased ease of balancing the sub is discussed. Potential to add an IMU and graphics card is considered.
Oct. 1, 2014: The first pool test for Blue November is successfully accomplished. All controls are operational. There is minor leaking through the endcap but not enough to damage the electronics.
Sept. 30, 2014: The team undergoes their Preliminary Design Review.
Sept. 29, 2014: The alternatives are reviewed and ranked to determine the best designs for the future sub. The endcaps will utilize a latch design (solidworks model created), the batteries are to be placed external to the chassis tube of the sub, and the wet connects, to be ordered from SEACON, will be threaded through the endcap.
Sept. 22, 2014: Design alternatives for necessary improvements are determined. Sketches for various endcap designs are created. A new laptop is purchased since it was discovered that the previous laptop was lost during the competition in July.
Sept. 18, 2014: The team considers various design changes. The endcap, method of inserting the electronic hardware, placement of the batteries, type of wet connects and waterproof switches, type of internal plugs, camera setup, and wiring arrangement are determined to be in need of improvement.
Sept. 11, 2014: The team meets for the first time and examines the Blue November, looking for ways to improve the previous team’s autonomous submarine.