Falcon Robotics finishes in top 10 at Robosub 16 competition

The week of July 22 – 29 Carl Hayden Falcon Robotics team went to San Diego, Calif., to compete in the AUVSI RoboSub 2013 competition for the third year. This year the team attended with the second version of the Sovereign Falcon to test some new and exciting design elements. It took a lot of preparation and determination out of the team this summer in order to have the robot ready to compete.

Robosub is a unique competition in which universities around the world participate in by building an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). The teams hard work paid off and they met their goal, which was to make it to the finals! They were extremely proud to receive eighth place out of 31 universities and two other high schools. The finals were played live on the AUVSI Robosub website where many supporters watched patiently.

The team checked into the Heritage Inn Hotel which is close to Mission Beach, a nice location but a little further from the Transdec facility where the competition was held. Their tent was between Harbin Engineering University (China) and Far Eastern Federal University (Russia) at the event. Throughout the event the robotics team members had a chance to talk about the AUV they constructed to many people who came by their tent and they also talked to several of the other teams who were from all over the world.

By Nayovi Leon

Photos by Jill Jones

For more information, and to see videos of the competition, click here: http://www.auvsifoundation.org/foundation/competitions/robosub

Congratulations to the 2013 Winners!

1st Place Cornell University, $8,000
2nd Place University of Florida, $4,000
3rd Place Far Eastern Federal University, $3,000
4th Place University of Maryland, $1,000
5th Place Harbin Engineering University, $1,000
6th Place Amador Valley High School
7th Place National University of Singapore
8th Place Falcon Robotics

Special Awards:

Best New Entry: National University of Singapore, $500
Bang for the Buck:  Daytona Beach Area Homeschool, $500
Best Paper:  Cornell University, $500
Best Static:   Ecole de Technoligical University, $500
Outreach (3-way tie, $500 each):

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Carl Hayden High School
  • North Carolina State University