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An efficient, rugged, affordable underwater thruster to propel the future of marine robotics and ocean exploration.
An efficient, rugged, affordable underwater thruster to propel the future of marine robotics and ocean exploration.
An efficient, rugged, affordable underwater thruster to propel the future of marine robotics and ocean exploration.
360 backers pledged $102,685 to help bring this project to life.

Over 200 Backers for the T100 Thruster!

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Hello friends,

Today we reached 200 backers and over $50,000 for the T100 Thruster! We are absolutely blown away by the support that we have received so far and we are only 1/3rd of the way through the campaign.

What's next? We'd really like to hit Stretch Goal #2 and make the integrated BlueESC. It simplifies wiring, frees up space, and it will change how you design and build your project. It's going to be awesome and we really want to make it happen. To do that, we need to reach $65,000. Please continue to share the Kickstarter with anyone who might be interested. With your help we can make this happen and bring a second awesome product to life!

Now for a few updates.

Mounting bracket. CAD model now available.
Mounting bracket. CAD model now available.

First of all, we posted a 3D CAD model of the mounting bracket. Remember, since we hit Stretch Goal #1 at $40K, every thruster reward will come with a free mounting bracket that makes it easier to mount to surfaces like boat hulls and surfboards. The CAD model is on our website at:

http://www.bluerobotics.com/thruster/#cad

Second, we measured the weight of the thruster in water. Since the thruster displaces water, it weighs much less underwater and this is important when designing an underwater vehicle. The thruster weighs 120 grams (0.26 lb) under water compared to 295 grams (0.65 lb) in air.

Third and finally, we did a pretty big test of the SolarSurfer the weekend before the Kickstarter campaign launched. We tested it overnight in the open ocean off the coast of Los Angeles and covered a total distance of 20 km. This was huge progress for us since our previous test was close to shore and less than 500 m. It worked great!

SolarSurfer GPS path. The black line shows the path it drifted on during the night. It drew a fish!
SolarSurfer GPS path. The black line shows the path it drifted on during the night. It drew a fish!

You can read about it and check out an interactive map on our blog here. We also made a short video about the SolarSurfer as an entry video for the Hackaday Prize. You can check it out on our website here or below.

Feel free to follow the project and vote for us on hackaday.io.

That's all! We hope that everyone has a great weekend.

-Rusty, Joe, and Josh from BlueRobotics

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