Team SONIA is thrilled for its 17th participation to ROBOSUB!

What is the competition ?

The competition consists of an obstacle course of real life tasks that an AUV could do such as following pipelines, navigating through underwater gates, mapping buoys, launching torpedo-shaped markers, dropping markers into bins, locating acoustic beacons, grabbing, releasing and manipulating objects. Each of these tasks requires swift movements and precise navigation. In order to achieve all those tasks, the vehicle must be able to sense its environment.

How we do it

Our submarine is equipped with two cameras, a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), four hydrophones and a Mechanical Imaging Sonar. These sensors enable the vehicle to hear, see and measure its speed, acceleration and underwater position. It can also accurately measure precise distance of objects ahead. In order to interact with its environment, the AUV is equipped with six thrusters, an active grabbing system and a torpedo launcher.

Ranking over years

  • 2015 – 17th position
  • 2014 – 3th position
  • 2013 – 18th position
  • 2012 – 3rd position
  • 2011 – 1st position
  • 2010 – 4th position
  • 2009 – 10th position
  • 2008 – 3rd position
  • 2007 – 3rd position
  • 2006 – 3rd position
  • 2005 – 2nd position
  • 2004 – 3rd position
  • 2003 – 2nd position
  • 2002 – 7th position
  • 2001 – 11th position
  • 2000 – 11th position


AUVSI and ONR’s 19th International RoboSub Competition [official website]

Host organizations

  • AUVSI : Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
  • ONR : Office of Naval Research


SSC Pacific TRANSDEC. San Diego, CA.


July 24-31, 2017

Rules : Consult the official mission specifications and rules