Coast Lab Anchorless
The Spotter buoy is a data collection device. An anchorage system is used to prevent the buoy from drifting away from its designated location. Because the anchor must be manually deployed, adjusting the position of the buoy is a time consuming task. Our team has two main objectives. The first objective is to design a vehicle to replace the anchorage system that will autonomously reposition the Spotter buoy within a designated zone. Secondly, the system will receive new coordinates via cellular link and navigate to the corresponding location. By completing these goals, our team hopes to allow UCSB’s Coast Lab to reposition, deploy and retrieve the buoy without needing to set foot into the ocean.