Team UV would like to update our readers and supporters with regards to the progress you all have helped us to make through our fundraising campaign. As of today (January 7th, 1525 hours), we have raised $1,620 of our goal thanks to your donations!
As a way of saying thank you and hoping to share a little more about our project with you, we will be publishing some images of our project over the next few weeks. The reason we have refrained from posting any pictures from our project in the past was due to the proprietary nature of many of the systems on our vehicle (and the vehicle as a whole), but we are realizing more and more how important it is that we share a little more of what we are doing with our supporters. So without further ado, below we have posted 2 pictures of SHEILA-D (Submerged Hydrodynamically-propelled Explorer, Implementation: Los Angeles – Demonstrator).
SHEILA-D was our propulsion system demonstrator that we designed, built, and tested over a span of 36 days and 850 (by conservative estimates) man hours during Phase I of our project (which took place during our Machine Design lecture/lab combo in Spring 2014). The goal for SHEILA, was to demonstrate the ability to provide thrust with our innovative underwater propulsion system, and in this respect we succeeded. However, we were aware of many shortcomings from this initial design (i.e. poor material choice as influenced by cost/time limitations, poor tolerances, etc.) and thus revamped our efforts with regards to the propulsion system during Phase II [the senior project portion/development of the entire vehicle from late Spring 2014-mid Spring 2015 (project symposium)]. For more information on the history and plans for this project, please check out our About page.
We are currently in the purchasing portion of Phase II (to be followed by manufacturing/assembly, programming, testing, final analyses, and report/presentation preparation) and thus could use funding now more than ever. We would like to thank all of you for supporting our efforts and ask that you please continue to share our website and our fundraising campaign (GoFundMe.com/TeamUV) with as many people as possible. No donation is too small and for those who know the team personally, offline donations are welcomed as well.
This post will be reposted on our fundraising page, and 1 week from now we will post some pictures of the original Phase II full-vehicle concept, with the actual Phase II vehicle computer model pictures coming 1-2 weeks after that, so please be sure to check back often and remember, tomorrow Ben will be posting a Presentation post at 1000 hours!