UI submarine goes to national competition

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — A submarine created by UI students is headed to a national competition.

The submarine is autonomous, meaning it runs on its own, like a self-driving car. Students programed the codes themselves. It can track objects, travel and listen to sound waves under water. Right now, tests are being done to use this technology in several different industries. 

Team leader Shubhankar Agarwal says, “It’s really useful for underwater exploration. 75% of the world is underwater and still unexplored. Recently, there has been development in underwater mining and you can’t do it without these kinds of robots.” 

The team has been working on this for more than a year. It will compete against 40 others subs in San Diego next week.

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