MicroSeeker Tank Test - May 26, 2001
I went down to URI (University of Rhode Island) to see the guys from the URI AUV team
on the weekend of May 26th...
The idea was to do some tank tests of MicroSeeker in their big acoustics tank, and help
them out with some BasicX-24 issues they had. We got the sub into the tank, and spent
quite a while trying to get the sub ballasted and balanced correctly. After this process,
we noticed that there was a little water in the bottom, so I took it apart and re-greased
the o-rings. We started doing some runs in the tank, and after a couple we say that it was
actually leaking quite a bit.
So that was that. We pulled it out, dried it off, and took off for the electronics lab
to play with the Bx-24.
||Here's MicroSeeker sitting on the bench, after
we finished. I was so caught up in trying to get the ballast right, I didn't get a chance
to take any pictures while it was actually in the tank... You can see the tether cable
sitting up on the side of the tank.
||Here's a closer, although somewhat blurred
||Here it is, sitting on the bench in the
electronics/AUV lab. The device behind it is a chemical analysis unit.
||Here's Ryan (standing) and Scott, two of the
guys from the URI AUV team.