Underwater robots showcased in Point Loma competition

Posted at 7:22 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 22:21:59-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Underwater robots showcased difficult tasks and the teams in charge of the technology are hoping to take the crown for the 21st International Robosub Competition in Point Loma.

A total of 47 teams from 10 different countries came together with one mission, navigate their robots through a tricky underwater course.

"We have mechanical, electrical, and computer science, and it's all coming together to make one cohesive vehicle,” said David Garcia, one of the team members from Cal State.

Students were able to check out each other’s models to learn what sinks and what swims. For those who think the competition is all fun and games, meet Chinoros Nakthewan from Kasetsart University in Bangkok.

His team was part of the Thai cave rescue effort. At the time, they determined that his robot wouldn’t be able to reach the survivors, so they resorted to using their other equipment.

"We made a decision to bring sonar and drone to observe the high level of the cave,” said Nakthewan. That was one of the many things credited with the successful rescue of the entire soccer team.