OD-4D is O'Donel High School's robotics team,
and are a ranger class competitor in the annual MATE ROV competition. The
team's motto is design, develop, demonstrate, deploy; which is proudly
displayed in OD-4D.
OD-4D is excited to announce that we'll be competing at internationals this year, heldJune 23-25 at the NASA Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas, USA.
MATE competition tasks revolve around the application of ROVs to major, real world applications. 2016 international mission tasks explore the use of ROVs in discovering potential oceans on Jupiter's icy moon, Europa.
OD-4D has been working on and improving ROVs since 2006. ICE was specially designed this year for work in the depths of inner space and the unexplored environments of outer space. The company had to evaluate which components could be reused from previous works; which components needed to be built from scratch; and which components would be justifiably purchased. Our experience and know-how from previous projects guided us in creating a nearly brand-new ROV to meet these diverse challenges. For example, ICE’s tools and frame are all new this year to accommodate the varied tasks required in the mission scope. After many prototypes and trials, the company arrived at a final product, which is superior to any from past years. As new information and test findings surfaced, the ROV was modified time and time again until we finally arrived at a near flawless design. The company works collaboratively to make design decisions. This way, all our expertise is used to brainstorm, design and refine the best innovative ideas. As OD-4D continuously grows and develops, ICE itself has quickly evolved into a top of the line remotely operated vehicle.
"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." - Albert Einstein