The InDro ROV (Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle), was created as part of the UBC Engineering Physics Capstone Project course. UBC Engineering students Nick Slakov, Jory Wong, and Graham Greig, designed and built this functional submarine prototype, which they have named “Nautilus”. Every year, UBC students work with members of industry to solve technical problems posed by the companies. This provides an excellent platform for students to experience real world engineering problems, and the industry sponsors get to see innovative solutions to their proposed project.
ROVs can be used for many applications. Underwater mapping and habitat assessment are two examples of a very long list of potential missions. Nautilus is currently equipped with a camera that sends live feed to the surface during a dive. With some small modifications, sonars and other tools could soon be part of it’s sensory arsenal.