Remotely Piloted Marine Study Platform Proposal

Independent Study Written Proposal

Mason Heremoana duPont

Remotely Piloted Marine Study Platform


-I will develop a Remotely Piloted Marine Study Platform (RPMSP), which is a Remotely Piloted Vehicle, named iBoat, with the capability of collecting data on aquatic life with interactive control from the shore and via the coastal research laboratory wireless link over the internet, enabling students around the world to participate

Abstract Rationale and Purpose:

-My reasons for committing to this Independent Research Project are because in our location, there is an ocean in every direction. In addition, we are surrounded by much wildlife that we have barely put the time to research. A RPV has the capability of researching areas in the ocean without putting any lives at risk.

-The purpose of this iBoat research project is to be able to provide a feed of underwater video and audio. We will use these tools to study whales’ behavior and interaction in nature. Because the iBoat is an RPV, we are able to research the whales without being a noninvasive and non-obtrusive to the ocean wild life. This data would then be able to be sent back to the Coastal Research Laboratory. This project joins underwater data sending and an above water live feed of both audio and video simultaneously, which has never been done before. The platform will also enable students to perform remote collection using the onboard computers (Arduino and Raspberry Pi) to activate sensors, collection valves and acoustic collection devices.

Course Overview:

What we will measure:

-We will measure the aquatic wild life in the area with visual and audible recording devices and hopefully stream this data live.

-We will also be able to measure the capabilities of the RPV to gather data and samples with on-board local computational capacity.

How we will measure:

-GoPro’s (no more than 400 dollars)

-Hydrophones (no more than 200 dollars for a basic set)

-Costal Research Laboratory

-Remotely Piloted Marine Study Platform

-Arduino and Raspberry Pi on board computers

Tools and resources:

-Hand and power tools provided at the energy lab

-Two separate car batteries will provide the overall power of the boat; one battery will be for control, and the other for instrumentation.

-The raspberry pi will provide the boat with control

- GPS for recovery purposes

-Technology stated in the previous section for data collection

-Other sensors including water quality, sonar, hydrophones and GPS

Course Outcome:


-Locally, this will become a reliable and accessible platform for underwater research, and would enable students and other researchers with the opportunity for use.

-Globally, this project will be able to provide data to any person in the world because of the weblog.


-We hope that our project can be seen as an opportunity for other students to develop off of this project and create a better and safer way to do coastal research.


Online Portfolio:

-We will be updating our information with an online portfolio.

-This portfolio will be on and can be seen by anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. It is valuable because it is a source of free data and information.


-Year Course-Regular Class Period styled Schedule

-Meeting during E period

-Goal is to finish the manufacture by the end of first semester, so we can use the iBoat during second semester to start researching off the coast.