The WHOI Jetyak: An autonomous surface vehicle for oceanographic research in shallow or dangerous waters

Peter Kimball, John Bailey, Sarah Das, Rocky Geyer, Trevor Harrison, Clay Kunz, Kevin Manganini, Ken Mankoff, Katie Samuelson, Thomas Sayre-McCord, Fiamma Straneo, Peter Traykovski, Hanumant Singh

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Abstract

This paper illustrates the components, capabilities, and some characteristic applications of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Jetyak - a small autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) designed for the collection of oceanographic data from shallow or dangerous waters. The Jetyak is the result of custom modifications to a Mokai jet-powered kayak, including an A-frame and sea chest for installation of instrumentation, servo-driven controls and an Ardupilot autopilot for autonomous operation, an onboard computer for instrument control and data logging, and radios for wireless operation and communications. With these modifications, the Jetyak's cost of replacement is less than $15,000 (excluding the cost of instrumentation payload). The paper addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the Jetyak relative to piloted small boats and jetskis, autonomous underwater vehicles, and existing ASVs. Preliminary data are included from some shallow-water and dangerous Jetyak field campaigns in order to illustrate applications to which the Jetyak is well or uniquely suited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, AUV 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479943449
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 3 2015
Event2014 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, AUV 2014 - Oxford, United States
Duration: Oct 6 2014Oct 9 2014

Publication series

Name2014 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, AUV 2014

Other

Other2014 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, AUV 2014
CountryUnited States
CityOxford
Period10/6/1410/9/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering

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