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U.S. Navy’s 19th International RoboSub Competition July 27-31

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The U.S. Navy’s research pool on Point Loma, San Diego. (Photo: RoboSub)

On July 27-31, approximately 350 students from 50 schools representing 11 countries will converge on San Diego to compete in the 19th International RoboSub Competition to be held at the U.S. Navy’s research pool on Point Loma. Hosted by the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in Point Loma, the competition challenges teams to design and build autonomous underwater vehicles capable of completing realistic missions.

The event is open to the public and free of charge, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Spectators will be fascinated as they watch the teams prepare and launch their vehicles for the competition. The event will feature a large screen display of the underwater action.

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Student teams from around the globe compete in this international event. (Photo: RoboSub)

Each student-designed-and-built autonomous robotic submarine must complete a difficult series of visual- and acoustic-based tasks in this popular international competition.  These tasks simulate the work required of robotic subs in many facets of underwater activity. This competition is geared toward students at the collegiate level, simply based on the level of difficulty, but is open to students of any age. Each team is required to design and build a vehicle from scratch, write a technical paper, make a presentation before a panel of judges, create a short video, and develop a website that documents the team’s progress.

The site of the competition, SSC Pacific’s TRANSDEC (Transducer Evaluation Center) pool, is a one-of-a-kind facility built in 1964 that simulates an ocean of water and provides ideal conditions for research. The Center has a controlled environment,  low ambient noise, and is a conveniently accessible transducer calibration and underwater acoustic test facility. It consists of a large, man-made anechoic pool, 300′ by 200′ by 38 ‘ deep, containing 6 million gallons of chemically treated fresh water, continuously circulated to maintain isothermal conditions.

If you have a question for the Technical Director, or want to connect with other teams, just join the RoboSub Community!

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Launched in 1997, RoboNation is not just a website. RoboNation is a robotics community built by the next generation of builders, creators, engineers. It is designed to reach all levels of robotics enthusiasts. The organization was created by the AUVSI Foundation, a nonprofit, charitable 501(c)3 organization established to support the educational initiatives of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Each year, RoboNation offers a series of educational programs as well as robotics competitions that allow students to apply their STEM education outside the classroom. The experience is ideal preparation for entering the workforce, and many participating students are frequently offered coveted internship and employment opportunities while still in school. 

Any questions relating to registration, travel, hotel, and team submissions should be sent to Competitions@auvsifoundation,org.  

For information about SSC Pacific and the groundbreaking technology being developed at the lab, please contact the SSC Pacific Public Affairs Office: Patric Petrie, (619) 553-1369;; or Ed Budzyna, (619) 553-2725;

For more information about the 19th International RoboSub Competition, visit For information about SSC Pacific, visit

There will be a media open house on Thursday, July 28, starting at 10 a.m., with experts on hand and exhibits of current U.S. military robotic technologies. You can watch an interesting recap of the 2015 competition at