Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Record number of participants turn out for U.S. Navy Robotic Submarine Competition, July 31–August 2

News Release
United States Navy

July 27, 2009

Open house featuring exhibits of current U.S. military technologies happens Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m.

Media representatives are invited to an Open House at the site of the Twelfth International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition on Friday, July 31, starting at 10 a.m., at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in Point Loma. The open house will take place at SSC Pacific’s historic Transducer Evaluation Center (TRANSDEC) pool and includes exhibits and demonstrations of current military robotic technologies.

The underwater competition, to be held July 31 through August 2, includes 30 teams from major universities and educational institutions, including collegiate teams from the U.S., Canada, Japan, Korea, and India, as well as two high school teams. A team from San Diego City College will also participate.

The event is open to the public and free of charge, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days. Spectators can watch the teams up close in their tents as they prepare their vehicles for the competition. Signs near SSC Pacific (driving South on Catalina Boulevard toward Cabrillo National Monument) will direct spectators to parking.

To qualify for the competition, each team must design and build an unmanned vehicle capable of navigating realistic underwater missions, such as the precise maneuvers involved in docking at a station, marking a location, and recovering an object. The goal of this event is to help advance the science of autonomous vehicles by challenging a new generation of engineers. Major sponsors of this competition are the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

The site of the competition, SSC Pacific’s TRANSDEC pool, built in 1964, is a one-of-a-kind facility that simulates an “ocean” of water, free of echoes, and provides ideal conditions for research.

For more information on the competition, visit the AUVSI website: www.auvsi.org/competitions/water.cfm. For more information about SSC Pacific programs, visit www.spawar.navy.mil/pacific/.

To attend the open house, please RSVP to Ed Budzyna in the SSC Pacific Public Affairs Office, at 619-553-2725; ed.budzyna@navy.mil.

For the first time, SSC Pacific will provide live coverage of this event on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Blogger. “Social media tools provide a direct link with future scientists and engineers needed to grow our workforce and our future capabilities,” said Captain Mark Kohlheim, SSC Pacific Commanding officer.

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