This is a picture journal of our development ideas for the AUV kamikaze. This page is design to give the readers a feel for where we are going with this AUV and to just spark some creative interests among our supporters and viewers.

This was the preliminary design for the AUV Kamikaze.  Our greatest challenge in the hull design is trying to use the existing hull form we have with a 10.5" diameter with pressure vessels that measure 12" to 13" in diameter.  Instead of investing in a new hull we have opted to work around the pressure vessels.  There are four main advantages to taking this approach.

1) Saves us money...we do have a limited budget you know

2) The bracket idea allows great exposure of the glass balls which gives us a great advantage with optical sensors.  There is a design for epoxy housings for the glass balls in the works.  The epoxy casings will increase smoothness and add security.

3) The bracket system acts as an internal cage for the spheres.  In the future, when we get more money, we can invest in or design from scratch a 14" diameter hull that will just slide onto the existing hull we have now, greatly increasing the modularity of the ship!

4) Did I mention we are on a limited budget?

Here's a close up of the bracket design.  Ideally 4 of the 6 brackets will be secure in place, and the two side brackets facing us can be removed to quickly remove the spheres and the instrument housings.

This is our current design with the sphere brackets.  Looks pretty cool if you ask me!

The next couple of images are some renditions, inspirations, and dreams of the AUV kamikaze, just for your creative pleasure.

With so much exposed viewing area, the AUV kamikaze will be an excellent visual sensing vehicle!

With a designed depth rating of 1000m, the AUV Kamikaze will be able to perform a huge range of surveying missions.

The AUV Kamikaze safe at home!

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