The AARR Team has been working to complete the three new updated 2.7 OpenROV units for deployment at our upcoming expedition to Santa Rosa Island. Currently the team has finished two of the 2.7 units in just two short weeks after taking receipt of then. This is an amazing pace, as each of the previous 2.6 units took between 2-3 weeks of work to complete! There are a number of upgrades to durability, power, lighting, and more!
This last Friday, the team tested one of the new ROVs before running off to give a presentation at the Channel Islands Boating Center. After checking to see if the aquatic rover responded correctly to all commands, ensured the camera worked, and after making a few fixes so it would maneuver properly, they set off to the CI Boating Center where students from Oxnard’s Frank Middle School was waiting for them. The AARR works with many middle and high schools, and specifically works with the Frank Middle School Academy of Marine Science and Engineering, and VEX Robotics students.