We are happy to announce we came in second at Sailbot 2015 in St.John’s Newfoundland. We faced a variety of difficulties, but were able to sail Gaelforce^2 successfully at her first competition. We learned a lot from other teams, and how we can do better next year. We are going to spend the rest of the summer tweaking the rigging, improving the GPS and changing the autonomous code.
QMAST is hiring it’s executive team for next year. The following positions are available:
Communications and Marketing Manager
Applications can be submitted through EngSoc Apply:http://engsoc.queensu.ca/get-involved/jobs-and-applications/.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Hello everyone, we would like to bring you up to speed on what we are up to. Work has been progressing since September on a a brand new boat that will also feature some of the most advanced software we have written yet. This new boat will be competing in Sailbot 2015 which is in St. John’s Newfoundland this coming June. Pictures of construction will be coming soon.
This is also a good opportunity to state that we are hiring two students for this summer. If you are in mechanical, or software engineering, and are interested, please apply on Queen’s Career Services under SWEP positions. The ID numbers are 64231 and 64233 respectively.
We will be testing the Gaelforce XL tomorrow:
Saturday August 16th
Portsmouth Olympic Harbor
Sorry for the short notice, the decision to test was made difficult by an electronic component that burned out several days ago. However, we managed to find a replacement just in time. Assuming the weather conditions are acceptable, we plan to sail!
Anyone interested in watching is encouraged to attend. Look for the big orange U-Haul truck, we’ll also have a sign.
Please send a message if you are interested, either through facebook or email@example.com
Sort of for fun, had the computer take a screenshot every second while implementing a software component. Its a bit long, so you can skip to the end to see the result of the effort.
With all systems operational, we decided to take the boat out for a test to see what could be broken. No autonomous operation as of yet, we will begin testing the autonomous modes of operation during the next test.
Getting ready for the first test, we spent a few days going over testing equipment. Most challenging was fixing up the two outboard motors we have for our crash-boat Zodiac. We managed to get one of the motors started, but its cooling system wasn’t working. This video is of the second motor, which took longer to start, but has been working flawlessly since.
The PCB’s are now built and are just going through the first stages of testing. They are integrated into the boat and will be powered on shortly.
In the meantime, here is a video time-lapse of the build process.
The second iteration of our electronics PCBs have come back from the manufacturer. We have made many revisions from the original design, and the complexity of the wiring in the computing box should be halved. Making the wiring less complex is essential in being able to diagnose when things go wrong.
Barnacle board, secondary Arduino
Ahab v1.1, latest and greatest Arduino Mega shield
We will be taking a time lapse of the construction process (soldering on all the components). Expect updates soon. Furthermore, we expect to have the boat on the water for its first test soon.