Dumbo the Autonomous Boat

Dumbo is an autonomous research vessel constructed by students at Cal Maritime.  Dumbo carries temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen sensors and makes oceanographic observations in the waters off of the Cal Maritime Campus.  This work has been supported by the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST).

Dumbo is guided by an Ardupilot autopilot using the APM Rover firmware.  Power is provided by two Blue Robotics thrusters.  Dumbo’s hulls and deck are wood construction.

Video from 2016 presentations


Background information can be found in these presentations:

Presentation for the Cal Maritime Women in Maritime Leadership Conference 2017-03-10

Presentation for the Cal Maritime Scholar Series 2016-11-17


(more data in the presentations above)



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