To open new frontiers in low-impact ocean research by creating the first sailboat to autonomously cross the Atlantic Ocean while simultaneously educating the next generation of engineers.
Continued progress and unwelcome interference
The fourth sprint of the year was plagued by illness, ramping up classes, and Hell Week for FWOP’s rendition of A Gentleman’s Guide to…
Nov 28, 2018 / 2min read. Read More
Tinypiper testing and further development
The third sprint consisted of water-testing boat designs, nearly completing the path planner, and making additional headway on other…
Nov 13, 2018 / 3min read. Read More
Testing Git Boat and Moving Forward
The second sprint is done, and the team has begun sailing along!
Nov 03, 2018 / 4min read. Read More
Year 2: Attack of the First Years!
It’s a new year of OARS, and with it comes lots of new people and new projects!
Oct 20, 2018 / 4min read. Read More
Continuing with Hawsepiper
What phase and sprint are we talking about?
Apr 08, 2018 / 2min read. Read More
Making Design Decisions and Giving a Boat a Brain
Phase 3: Theoretical Work
Feb 28, 2018 / 1min read. Read More
Mechanical Subteam — Year 1, Semester 2 Schedule (Spring 2018)
Here’s an overview of what Mechanical hopes to accomplish this semester!
Feb 16, 2018 / 2min read. Read More
Began with refurbishing an old boat and renaming it Git Boat. This provided Software with a platform to develop on while Mechanical and Electrical worked on the next boat. Our year-end goal is to sail Git Boat autonomously around Lake Waban in Wellesley.
Our second year will include finishing our next boat, a trimaran with a wing sail named Hawsepiper, and refining our behavior algorithms. We will also begin design of the I-Boat. The year will culminate with testing in a small section of the Massachusetts Bay.
As time goes on, we will build increasingly large boats, working our way up to something on the order of 20-30 feet long. We will also be further refining our software, giving it the brains to cross an open ocean. As our technologies progress, we’ll test them in increasingly formidable conditions.
In our last year, we’ll put the finishing touches on whatever Electrical, Mechanical, and Software systems we’ve developed. We’ll do our final durability testing, triple-check all our math (and the rules of the open ocean), and set her free!
Tumultuous Atlantic Ocean conditions demand exceedingly robust construction
Prolonged periods of physical inaccessiblity require extremely reliabile systems
Changing sea and weather conditions necessitate constant adjustment to behavior
Conducting ocean research requires a customizable, multi-purpose platform