IIT Bombay gears up for a robotic competition

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IIT Bombay gears up for a robotic competition

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IIT Bombay enters International RoboSub Competition to be held in San Diego, California in July. A group of IITians from Bombay are progressing to build a vehicle similar to that of AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle).

It is called Matsya 3.0, a robotic submarine, primarily designed to perform naval tasks, with multiple applications including marine science research, rescue operations, consistent maintenance of underwater power lines, and defence features with detection, monitoring and surveillance functionalities, oceanography studies, among others. It costs approximately around Rs.22 lakhs, which was partly funded by the institute.

Students started the project in August last year and will continue to build it till July. They claim that the vehicle is similar to that of the AUVs, though it is not ready for commercial use yet. It is being tested in the institute's swimming pool and has the capacity to know where it is in the water exactly. It can be used under several circumstances including warfare, shipwreck, and airplane debris reconnaissance. Also, it can be of much need in the oil and gas industry for sea-bed survey and pipeline monitoring purposes.

It has been reported that IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Madras will be participating in the event as well. The team comprises of members from varied disciplines like electrical, mechanical, aerospace, computer science and few more. They are geared up to take on 35 teams worldwide in the event.

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