Competing for the title of Best RoboSub are student teams from the U.S., Canada, China, India, Israel, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and Turkey. California teams include Amador Valley High School, Gears 2 Robots, University of Southern California, and San Diego City College.
Hosted by the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in Point Loma, the competition challenges teams to design and build autonomous underwater vehicles capable of completing realistic missions.
Also featured will be a SeaPerch Fun Challenge, on Friday, July 26, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., an innovative underwater robotics program for middle and high schools students to explore and apply engineering and science concepts. SeaPerch demonstrations will continue on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The RoboSub competition is open to the public and free of charge, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Spectators can watch the teams prepare and launch their vehicles for the competition. The event features a large screen display of the underwater action.
The site of the competition, SSC Pacific's TRANSDEC pool, is a one-of-a-kind facility that simulates an ocean of water and provides ideal conditions for research. Signs near SSC Pacific (driving South on Catalina Boulevard toward Cabrillo National Monument) on Point Loma will direct visitors to parking.
Find more information about the 16th International RoboSub Competition at www.RoboSub.org, and information about SSC Pacific at www.spawar.navy.mil/pacific/