A couple of days ago, Team UV launched its fundraising campaign on GoFundMe.com under the name “Experimental Marine Vehicle Project” in an effort to raise the money necessary for us to manufacture and test our college senior project – a highly maneuverable, higher speed, stealthy, unmanned underwater vehicle with Information, Surveillance, and Reconniassance (ISR) capabilities. Our project is meant to create a vehicle that can conduct naval ISR and, in doing so, take the special operators or otherwise troops who would usually conduct this ISR out of the field and thus harm’s way. More information about our senior project can be found on the About page of this website, and the fundraising campaign can be found at GoFundMe.com/TeamUV; this link is also listed in the right margin of the Home page and in the Sponsors & Donations page of this website.
We are seeking $5,000 in order to cover the manufacturing costs of our vehicle, which will feature many cutting-edge technologies and represents a stark departure from the slow, bulky, impractical, non-stealth-like designs currently in use. We also want to note that no donation is too small and not a single penny donated will go to waste, it will all be used to increase the quality of our vehicle, to add capabilities (through additions to the sensor suite or additional drag-reducing technologies, etc.), and to enable us to conduct better testing (i.e. the construction of a flow tank for actual flow visualization). As follows from the above statement, any money that we raise above the $5,000 will be put directly into the project in one of many way, including (but not limited to) those listed above.
Lastly, I will note that we will be posting campaign progress updates on average once a week (Wednesdays 1000 hours) and that you can find a full-sized PDF of our pull-tag poster on our Sponsors & Donations page if you would like to print one out and post it to help get the word out. If you would like to help out in other ways, it would mean a lot to us if you would tell your friends/family/coworkers/etc. about our fundraising campaign (and possibly ask them to share it as well), share it on Facebook, or perhaps even just spread the word about TeamUV.org in general, as our biggest goal with regards to this website is to inspire interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Any help is greatly appreciated and please come back tomorrow for Andrew’s Presentation post!