SIAM, Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics, members has been working for three years on the design, construction and test of three highly integrated and streamlined autonomous underwater vehicles called Eco-Dolphins. This project is being developed at Embry-Riddle.
The Eco-Dolphins are configured with an internal attitude control system that combined with propulsion from brushless DC thrusters allows the vehicle to ascend and descend easily. The design, production and assembly of the yellow Eco-Dolphin has been done in twelve months.
The team also completed successfully the second phase of the program that involved tracking the Eco-Dolphins while submerged underwater. Apart from building the Red and Blue Dolphins, the team is also working on adding GPS system for surface tracking and converting the acoustic system from tethered to wireless to make the ground station more robust. The Eco-Dolphins promise to be is a unique, highly optimized and a competitive underwater vehicle fleet.