Click Bond Sponsors Aeronautical Robot

Written by: Eric J. Coyle, Embry-Riddle   |   Posted on: February 15, 2019

Click Bond proudly sponosored Emby-Riddle's autonomous 16' catamaran, Minion, for the Maritime X games earlier this year.

Click Bond Sponsors Aeronautical Robot

Fully autonomous boats like Embry-Riddle’s 16-foot catamaran, Minion, could make search-and-rescue missions more effective. Rather than using a large and expensive manned vessel, Minion can be configured to perform navigation and decision-making tasks such as identifying objects, shapes, and performing search tasks. The fully autonomous research platform uses a modular payload tray that carries advanced sensing technology and a communications system that can withstand adverse weather conditions, high humidity, and heavy precipitation. It also uses sophisticated perception algorithms based on laser range finders, cameras, and sonars to detect and classify objects in its environment.

Team Minion finished 3rd overall of 15 teams in the Maritime RobotX competition and was the highest placing team from the U.S. Winning all five of the static judging awards, best journal paper, oral presentation, team video, team website, and system inspection, the judges praised The Minions for the quality and professionalism of their systems which were held in place by Click Bond fasteners! Congratulations to the Minions, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in 2020!

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