2013 SeaPerch Season

Congratulations to all of our 2013 SeaPerch Challenge Teams!

Welcome to the 2013 SeaPerch Challenge! Taking place on May 17 – 19, 2013 at the Natatorium at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), it's sure to be an exciting year with a new challenge course, over 70 incredible teams and much more.


Congratulations to the 2013 Teams!

The Obstacle Course


Obstacle Course


An underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) must be able to maneuver successfully under its own power. If a vehicle cannot maneuver to the appropriate location to perform its task, the vehicle is of no use.


The submerged obstacle course involves large rings (22″ minimum diameter), oriented in any direction, through which the vehicles must travel. Teams must navigate through the obstacle course, surface, then re-submerge and return through the course to the end. Consideration of optimal maneuverability, control and speed should be given when constructing your SeaPerch (thruster placement and orientation, tether attachment, buoyancy and ballast, etc) and control box. Scores for this round will be based on the fastest time for successfully navigating the obstacle course.

There are five (5) -22″ diameter hoops in the obstacle course.

This course will inverted and suspended from the surface due to the the depth of the Nationals Venue.

Deep Water Transfer


2013 rack

ROVs are commonly used at deep depths to perform a variety of tasks.  One on these tasks is the retrieval and relocation of objects.  This task simulates retrieving objects from complex locations at different depths, and then placing them in designated locations.

The course consists of two racks of rings, each anchored at different depths.  Each rack will hold Six (6) rings, three on the side closest to the operators and three on the side furthest away. The course will hold a total of 12 rings.  Rings retrieved should be placed in one of two bins located close to the ROV operators at different depths.  A larger bin will be located at a shallow depth with a smaller bin beneath it at a deeper depth. Points will be scored as follows:

  • 1 point for each ring removed from the close side of the rack
  • 2 points for each ring removed from the farther side of the rack
  • 1 point for each ring placed in the upper bin
  • 2 points for each ring placed in the lower bin

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

AUVSI Foundation




Indianapolis State Police Divers

Maritime Reporter

Mississippi State University


Navy League STEM Institute

Naval Submarine Support Facility, New London

Navy Recruiting District Michigan



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