Since my previous blog post, some of the team drove down to Bay St Louis to test the ROV in the bay, take some samples and measurements and discuss the upcoming plans with the high school teacher we are working with. It was an extremely enlightening experience that really helped things move forward. The water samples we collected were subjected to a large round of aquarium kit testing which gave details on the conditions.
The ROV has the many tweaks that are customary of the end of prototyping and I am pleased to include these pictures of its (for now) final form. Its capabilities include: GoPro camera system, Arduino powered temperature and depth logging system, active and passive water collector systems and a carefully designed buoyancy system designed to allow the ROV to sink and float as needed.
As this is my final sendoff, I want to thank the Deep-C Consortium for this opportunity and this summer, its been a pleasure. I particularly want to thank my mentor, Sergio deRada, for his several years of kind and enthusiastic teaching and guidance. I have spent my past three summers at the Naval Research Laboratory and it has been an absolute joy so I thank everyone who has made my experience possible.
And so...the end.
Rachel Holladay, Naval Research Laboratory