Marine Technology Society News

RFI: Local Project to Renovate a Bluefin-21 AUV

11/10/2016 12:00:00 AM


The Space Coast Maker Space and the Cura Oceanus Foundation have been been asked to coordinate a community and academic project to renovate a Bluefin-21 AUV. The AUV was donated to the Florida Institute of Technology. The objective is to make the AUV operational and available to students and citizen scientists.

The stainless steel pressure vessel that used to hold the AUV's control boards apparently leaked and the contents were exposed to salt water. All the boards and software that were inside the vessel are gone, but the connector cups appear to be undamaged. As far as we can tell, everything else on the AUV appears to be in good order. We have the shore controller and support software, however we do not know what was inside the pressure vessel; there is no BOM.
We would appreciate help from anyone with a working Bluefin-21 AUV or anyone with old spare parts or documentation for same.
Specifically looking for:
- Spare parts or documentation on what was in the pressure vessel
- Any documentation on the RS232 tail cone control interface. The control unit is sealed inside an oil-filled chamber and we would prefer to use it as-is.
Please contact Erica Moulton, Chair of MTS Florida Section.

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