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1-Jan-2009

Watch some videos

8-June-2008

Images from the WRSC

25-Mai-2008

Visit of the Austrian President

24-Mai-2008

The regattas

21-Mai-2008

The first tests on the water

20-Mai-2008

Assembling the boat and debugging software

18-Mai-2008

Marina of Breitenbrunn

18-Mai-2008

Last repairs

17-Mai-2008

Departure to the 1st World Robotic Sailing Championship; arriving to Breitenbrunn

26-Abr-2008

Tha boat with mast, keel and bulb

20-Abr-2008

Assembly of the main hatches

16-Abr-2008

The solar panel, battery charger and power supply

15-Abr-2008

Details of the interior of the hull

14-Abr-2008

Gluing the deck to the hull

13-Abr-2008

The bulb: layers of lead glued with epoxy

20-Mar-2008

Attachment of the backstay

19-Mar-2008

The main PCB

17-Mar-2008

More reinforcements...

5-Mar-2008

The central compartment

1-Mar-2008

Sail motors and deck

18-Feb-2008

Foot of mast

18-Feb-2008

The deck

15-Feb-2008

Hull and foils

15-Feb-2008

Opening the hull for the keel

15-Feb-2008

Reinforcements

28-Jan-2008

Checking the mast with an "endoscope"

26-Jan-2008

The front platform

26-Jan-2008

Rudders and nose

20-Jan-2008

Keel box

7-Dec-2007

The rudder's servomotors

29-Nov-2007

Rudder bulkhead

24-Nov-2007

Mast

15-Nov-2007

The keel laminated

8-Oct-2007

The keel's foam core

3-Oct-07

Final hull

29-Sep-07

Building the boat

6-Jun-07

The first test on the pool

25-Mai-07

Separating the model from the mould

24-May-07

The mould

12-May-07

The final model

27-Apr-07

Painting, filling, sanding...

19-Apr-07

From FEUP to Elio Kayaks

17-Apr-07

The "nose"

17-Apr-07

Fairing the surface

4-Apr-07

Strip planking the hull

23-Mar-07

Assembling the frames

28-Feb-07

Starting the construction

 

FEUP Autonomous Sailboat (FASt)

FASt (FEUP Autonomous Sailboat) is a small scale autonomous unmanned sailboat that is being developed at FEUP (Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal) to participate in the Microtransat competition.

Microtransat was lauched in 2006 by professors Mark James Neal (University of Aberystwyth, UK) and Yves Brière (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Constructions Aéronautiques - ENSICA and IUT, Nantes, France) to stimulate the development of fully autonomous sailing boats. The final objective is a transatlantic race, presently planned for October 2008, starting from the west coast of Portugal.

The FASt project is supported by the Electrical and Computer Department of the School of Engineering of the University of Porto (DEEC of FEUP) and is being developed by a team of professors and students of FEUP. The boat was built from scratch in composite materials, with the valuable help of a Portuguese kayak builder, located in Crestuma, north of Portugal (www.elio-kayaks.com). The design was inspired on modern racing oceanic yachts and was developed with the free version of the boat design software DelftShip (former FreeShip). The hull bottom at the stern is flat to induce planning and the boat has a deep keel with ballast. The rig is a standard Marconi configuration with a small jib mounted on a boom, as used in smaller RC sailing boats.

The FEUP sailboat will be capable of fully autonomous navigation, controlled by a small embedded computer, various sensors and electric motors to adjust rudders and sails. Electric power source is a combination of a solar panel and conventional electric batteries. Communications for data logging and emergency control rely on a satellite data modem and for short range control and monitoring the boat also has a WiFi connection and a conventional radio-control

In addition to the Microtransat competition, this exercise will enable us to gain competences in the area of autonomous sailing navigation. We hope, in a near future, to be able to offer flexible platforms capable of long range navigation and adequate for supporting various applications like data acquisition, tracking wild life or even surveillance.

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