Mahindra Ecole Centrale (MEC) announced the launch of its first Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), called "Black Pearl", which is a self propelled, unmannedand untethered underwater vehicle. Black Pearl is capable of carrying out simple activities with little or no human help. It is a simple computer controlled system operating underwater.
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles operate independently of humans and are self-guiding and self-powered vehicles. AUVs have a wide range of applications in marine sciences, and are increasingly being tested and used by commercial, civil and defence sectors. The AUV project is one of the most complicated in-house projects to take shape at Mahindra Ecole Centrale, with its inherent innovative integration of computer science, mechanical, electrical and electronics engineering, the AUV is currently capable of carrying out navigational and other tasks pre-fed into its memory with good precision and near-zero error.
MEC's Black Pearl weighs nearly 19.6 kgs and is a fully autonomous operation and carries power onboard through a Lithium Polymer Battery. It is powered by NVidia Jetson Nano Single board computer and Arduino micro controller and is a free-swimming, untethered robot boasting of a Logical 270 vertical camera and Raspberry Pi V2 horizontal camera to take good quality images. Nearly Rs. 3,70,000 were spent in developing the vehicle in-house. Read More...
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