Ocean Exploration w/ ORCA Robotics
Hello! We are ORCA Robotics, and we are here to change the way everyone perceives our oceans. We are a small start-up company in San Diego, California, founded by Phillip Rhyner, an ocean engineer, and his wife, Paz Rhyner, a US Navy active duty SONAR technician and instructor. This global competition challenges teams to push the boundaries of ocean technologies by creating solutions that advance ocean exploration. We know it is going to be a big endeavor, but we also know this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the world. With hard work, perseverance, blessings, and support from family and friends, we became one of 21 semi-finalist teams advancing in the competition.
ORCA Robotics has designed and looks to build smart, underwater unmanned vehicles utilizing sophisticated technology, capable of navigating themselves safely in ocean environments. As more life is discovered in the deep-sea, we hope to find cures for numerous incurable diseases. Achieving better resolution in mapping the oceans, and studying the components of our oceans might help us acquire a greater understanding of the marine environment. We may soon be able to achieve a more positive and synergistic relationship with our oceans. Learning what is already in the ocean will reveal missing pieces of history; long lost planes and ships, and ocean events which have previously been unknown. With the help of your contributions, we will be able to advance technology to improve subsea bathymetry, chemical, and biological mapping, and pave the way to advanced precision subsea navigation for many more industries.
We are not only competing to advance the marine industry. We also strive to be resourceful so we can make ocean technology much more affordable for the next generation. Similar operations currently cost over 100,000 USD per day involving vast numbers of personnel and millions of dollars of resources. All your contributions will be used for the procurement of parts needed to build and test each smart, underwater unmanned vehicle, and the supporting equipment needed for the transportation and charging of the vessels. The ORCA Robotics team receives no monetary compensation for our efforts during the competition. The following is an estimated cost breakdown for three complete systems which must be ready to operate by September, 2017, as required for successful entry in the competition. The list includes, but is not ultimately limited to:
I. Surface Deployment/Retrieval/Support Vessel:
-Structure: Approx. $5,000
-Engine: Approx. $5,000
-Solar and Battery System: Approx. $1,000
-Thrusters: Approx. $4,000
-Control Systems: Approx. $4,000
Total: Approx. $19,000 (three needed)
II. Underwater Vessel
-Structure: Approx. $8,000
-Batteries: Approx. $5,000
-Electrical Components: Approx. $5,300
-Acoustic Components: Approx. $16,000
-Thrusters: Approx. $2,000
Total: Approx. $36,300 (three needed)
III. Supporting Material
-Transport Assembly: $3,000
-Portable Charging System: $1,000
Total: Approx. $4,000
IV. Shipping: Approx. 10,000
*Location for water test is TBD. ORCA Team is prepared for both domestic and international testing.
Overall Cost: Approx. $180,000
We look forward to a more affordable means of mapping the ocean so no one feels discouraged because of financial limitations. It can be challenging, but with your help, what was once out of reach for most, can now be possible. We need donors, sponsors, and partners. We would be honored by your support in our journey to show what lies beneath the waves. Please help us unravel the mysteries to open more doors for endless possibilities that are waiting to unfold.
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We continue our progress as a private venture and find it only fair to refund all donations. We are tremendously grateful for all the support we have received, and will continue future updates at OrcaRobotics.com.
Development and design has been ongoing, and we expect construction on a more limited scale to be completed in 2019. Though the resources of competing teams put them in another league, our developments and progress has been something to be proud of.
In a way, we feel our progress has been greatest in the core intent of the competition, and are excited to eventually realize the benefits we expect to the industry. Though continuing without XPRIZE may put us without a great motivating factor, and loss of an amazing team, our excitement and commitment are just as strong. Prior to aligning with the Shell XPRIZE competition, our goal of democratizing and advancing marine technology was already our number one priority, and will always be.