Skunk Works Remote
2004 Monterey Bay Regional Ranger Class ROV Competition
Works ROV is a small
independent group of students with a common desire to build
and fly submersible ROVs. We began this project to see if we could build a low cost ROV
as a hobby and we hoped to gain enough knowledge to participate in
the 2005 Competition. From
our humble beginnings on January 10, 2004, with nothing more than a
bag full of fittings and some pipe, we have come a long way.
The first flight of our home built ROV was on February 29,
2004 in a swimming pool, the drive components and controls
functioned perfectly. Low cost
has gone out the window as we learned that R&D (Research &
Development) while necessary can be expensive.
participated in the Monterey
Bay Regional ROV Competition
on April 17, 2004 and it was an incredible experience. MATE
and the people at MPC (Monterey Peninsula College) did a wonderful
job. At the Competition we took First Place in two categories
and tied for the Harry Bohm Sharkpedo Award for innovation.
This qualified us to participate in the National Competition.
We now look forward to competing in the 2004
MATE Center/MTS National ROV Competition June 25-27, 2004
at the University of California Santa Barbara.
is a Skunk Works?
a generic term, it dates from the 1960s: A small group of experts
who drop out of the mainstream of a company’s operations in order
to develop some experimental technology or new application in
secrecy or at speed, unhampered by bureaucracy or the strict
application of regulations (Kelly Johnson formulated 14 visionary
rules for running such an operation, which are still regarded as
valid even now). It is also sometimes used for a similar group that
operates without top-level official knowledge or support, though
usually with the tacit approval of immediate management. (www.quinion.com/words/qa/qa-sku1.htm)