The newly formed SailBot Team is one of many student-run
engineering design teams that will showcase Virginia Tech's
exceptional College of Engineering.
The spring semester of 2013 marked the inception of the SailBot
Team with the goal of designing, building, and sailing a fully
autonomous sailboat. The team will require contributions from
various engineering disciplines including: naval architecture and
marine engineering (ocean engineering), mechanical engineering,
electrical engineering, computer engineering and programing, as
well as countless other specializations.
Designing and building a 2-meter long seaworthy craft can be
complicated enough as is, and when constructing a fully
autonomous boat the technical aspect intensifies greatly. Team
members will need to incorporate (and build upon) their great sense
of understanding in the areas of aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, ship
dynamics, electronics, programing, structural design, material
properties, machining, and project management just to name a few.
If you are interested in the Virginia Tech SailBOT team, visit their website