Team Floating Point



The Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University presents the Floating-Point III Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) and Exponent Unmanned Aerial Subvehicle (UAS) systems as a competitive solution to the 2017 RoboBoat Competition challenge. Goals of the Floating-Point team are fulfilment of all mandatory tasks (thrust and speed), navigation of the optional buoy channel, and completion of all additional tasks posed by the challenge stations. The Floating-Point ASV and Exponent UAS systems were developed with innovative solutions for meeting these goals. The final design of the ASV system includes a stable yet maneuverable tri-hull boat platform, safe, reliable power and propulsion systems, a powerful on-board processor, and array of mission critical sensors. In order to complete tasks at the challenge stations, these sensors include a camera, hydrophones and scanning laser rangefinder. The UAS system is designed to be waterproof, and has sensors with similar purposes to enable to to complete its set task.

Floating Point II


  • Systems:
    • Asus Q87M Computer Platform
    • Blue Robotics T200 Thrusters
    • Parabolic AUV Deck
  • Sensing:
    • Velodyne LiDAR VLP-16
    • Logitech HD Webcams
    • Teledyne Hydrophones
    • Hemisphere GPS
  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
    • Raspberry Pi / IR Camera
    • Onboard Sonar/Compass/Depth Sensors
    • Python2.7 and OpenCV Computer Vision
    • Tethered Deployment