The goal of this project is to
design a platform for a Didson
resolution mutlibeam acoustic camera. The system will
used to observe marine biology off the coast of Maine. It will provide
a practical and stable viewing platform against a strong current on an
uneven ocean floor. The platform will have adjustable legs
enabling it to provide a level surface. The camera will also
90º allowing for both horizontal and vertical position
detection of the fish. Below is a preliminary CAD drawing, using
depicting a tripod
with pneumatic linear actuators to level the platform on uneven
surfaces. A ballast tank located below the camera and mount, will allow
the platform to be easily taken in and out of the water. The picture to
the lower left shows the completed platform with dummy camera.
Report gives an
overview of what's been accomplished as of December 2011.
the spring semester began, we hit the ground running. The drag data
testing can be found on the Testing link at the top of the page. Once
that was completed, we focused on the design and fabrication of the
mount. The IMU program was completed once the mount was put together
and was operational during the Crosby Lab Open House on April 26. The Final Report gives a detailed look at what was accomplished this year.