The end of June has been rough for SubjuGator 7. Our new pneumatic actuator box managed to form a small leak through our potting material (resulting in ~1cm of water in the box, but no catastrophic electrical failures) and we have now had two Seabotix thrusters completely seize this year (with <12 months use, not surprising given past track records with this brand). Pending replacement cables and potting for the pneumatic housing and the arrival of one additional new thruster, we expect to be back in the water by Thursday (a downtime of approximately 4 days). We’ve used this downtime to vastly improve mission behaviors and vision algorithms in preparation of splash down later in the week.
With clear skies and no tropical storms in the forecast, we should have a great week of pool testing ahead. Our primary goals for this weekend include mission behaviors for the shooter window and the grabber.