MicroSeeker - Second Wet Test
Okay, the second bathtub wet test happened on Sunday, May 20, 2001. This test included
the full electronics inside, and a test of the thrusters under tethered control from
Smalltalk on my laptop. The thrusters are very powerful on this, more than I figured they
I took a short video of the event using my webcam...
Thrusters.avi (7.3 MB)
Here are a few more videos, in different resolutions. Each one is different.
Thrusters-02-640.avi (703 KB)
Thrusters-02-320.avi (1.7 MB)
Thrusters-02-160.avi (539 KB)
The setup in the video was the sub was in the water, with a 50' tether cable (basically
a serial cable) attached to my laptop serial port. The laptop was running Squeak, and I
had a GUI opened that allowed me to press a button to turn on and off the thrusters
directly by sending the appropriate speed command to the BX-24 onboard. So, I was
controlling the sub with my left hand, and pressing the button on the GUI with my right
hand on the mouse (which you can't see in the video).
Here's a picture of the sub in the bathtub...
And here's one of it on the floor, after the test...