Autonomous underwater vehicles needed to be launched and recovered by an autonomous boat. I designed a system.
In the summer of 2017, I was hired by Hydroswarm to (amongst other projects) design and build a seafaring device that could deploy and retrieve autonomous underwater vehicles roughly the size of a football.
I employed a rack-and-pinion-driven system constructed of 6061 aluminum and powered by a high torque stepper rated at minimum IP64. These specifications ensured a long product lifespan at sea with minimum maintenance: