On a sunny Sunday last month this year, we took ARTEMIS to the Trent Lock in Weston for trials and to our delight it was successful in its maiden cruise. The trials were critical in establishing our understanding of ARTEMIS. The 12V Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery provides a max draw current of 7Amp and it felt like a lot of thrust was available for the purpose of running ARTEMIS in the Derwent River later this year. ARTEMIS had a turning radius of approx. 3m, which is something the team will look at improving without compromising the overall dimensions.
One of the issues that came into light was the clogging of the thrusters from grass & weed. We look to resolve the issue in the future with custom 3D printed guarding for the thrusters. Overall it was a major milestone for the team to have demonstrated the basic capability of ARTEMIS and now look forward to carry out further trials with the filter mechanism in place.
Improving the Design
With basic capability proven, we are planning the next phase of work focused on maturing the design and the build quality of ARTEMIS. Technologies like LIDAR & GPS can help ARTEMIS become fully autonomous, with build in sensors to navigate its surrounding. Advancements in 3D printing will not only help print custom complex parts & housing units but also keep costs down. We are working closely with the University of Derby to further improve our design and help commercialise the plastic collection boat.
So, what is it that I reflect from this project so far? Mainly 2 things: –
- It is still not too late to join the global fight against pollution and contribute in its cause in any shape or form possible.
- Science & Technology continue to play a pivotal role in combating pollution and with STEM education, we can enable the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators to continue making our world a better place to live.
I finish this post with a quote from Sir David Attenborough:
“We are at a unique stage in our history. Never before have had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about that”.
By sharing with you ARTEMIS’s story, we hope to have sparked some curiosity & thoughts about our mission. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more or become a part of this exciting journey.
Please Note: Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust owns the design rights and title of the remote controlled boat.