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