Snotbot – Marine Mammal Research Drone


Spring semester of my Sophomore year I joined a robotics research team working with Ocean Alliance to develop an autonomous multirotor to collect samples from whale blow (snot, hormones, DNA). My previous robotics experience with ROS and Python allowed me to jump right in solve the problem of sending commands to the copter using ROS instead of the mission planning software that hobbyists use. This allowed us to control the copter with a joystick through ROS in our laptops, a pipeline that can later be used by our vision system to guide the copter safely onto a landing pad.