September 28, 2022

Asymmetric Propulsion Passes a Critical 3D Steering Test

Further developments of motor controller software have refined the degree of control to include three dimensional steering with a single blade propeller. Capabilities include passing elevator and rudder commands to the motor controller which translates the information to motor actuation affecting corresponding vehicle behavior via Asymmetric Propulsion. Demonstrations of station keeping, pitch control, and heading control were exercised in Woods Hole, MA. These advancements allow asymmetric propulsion to rival the control capabilities of actuated control surfaces (fins and rudders) with the simplicity of a single motor and propeller enabling full mobility of an underwater.