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Last week the team went to visit the Marine Advanced Systems and Technology (MAST) laboratory at the Port of Hueneme. The port is one of the largest on the west coast, and is a major thoroughfare for commercial products, such as fruits and vegetables, and automobiles. The laboratory was built by the port to facilitate development and testing of Remotely Piloted Systems, and includes a two story dive tank (with port holes for viewing) and a rotorwing UAV fly cage.

UAV cage and dive tank
UAV cage and dive tank
Dive tank
Dive tank

This laboratory includes collaborations between companies, the military (Navy Center for Asymetric Warfare), and other government agencies. It allows a communal space for entities to test and evaluate different platforms side by side. In addition to simply a test bed, the port has been gracious enough to offer the space for our team to do testing, and also do some of our K-12 outreach. In the future we look forward to many collaborations!

Dropping in one of our OpenROVs
Dropping in one of our OpenROVs

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