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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.

BlueESC Progress + SketchFab 3D Models + Hackaday Prize

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Hello friends!

We just passed the half-way mark in the T100 Thruster Kickstarter Campaign and we only have $4K left before we hit Stretch Goal #2: Integrated BlueESC. We owe a big thanks to everyone that has backed us so far! We're very excited and we've been working hard to make sure everything goes smoothly after the campaign.

We have a few quick updates as well:

1. We used SketchFab to embed 3D models directly into our Kickstarter page and website. This means that you can play around with the model in 3D, even if you don't have 3D modeling software.

Check it out below and on our website!

2. We're proud to announce that the SolarSurfer has been chosen as a semi-finalist for the Hackaday Prize. We're honored to be chosen among the other semi-finalists. Please check out our page and follow us to stay up-to-date.

The list of semi-finalists is here, and the SolarSurfer project page is here.

3. Speaking of the BlueESC, we have a video of our prototype BlueESC working. This is our first prototype - it's always satisfying when a prototype works on the first try. Here's a picture of the prototype. It's not as compact as it will be once it is integrated into the thruster.

The BlueESC Rev.1 Prototype. Not waterproof or integrated yet, but it works!
The BlueESC Rev.1 Prototype. Not waterproof or integrated yet, but it works!

The BlueESC is completely open-source and we've posted the schematics on our Github page. Feel free to check it out and offer comments and suggestions, especially if you are an expert in power electronics ;-)

We are working on the board layout for the integrated version and will have something to show in a few weeks. Let's hit Stretch Goal #2 to make it happen!

First test video:

 Thanks everyone! Stay tuned for more updates soon!

- Rusty, Joe, and Josh from BlueRobotics

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