The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology - EPOXSEA
Team Name: EPOXSEA
Organization: The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Competition Class: EXPLORER
Regional: World Championship
Company Spec Sheet (2019)
What were the other options for your team’s name? If there was only ever the one option for your name, what is the origin of your team’s name?
EPOXSEA was the name we used since 2014. There were few names used before but we kept using EPOXSEA since 2014 as we developing using Sealing technology (EPOXY) to replace "electronic tube" for modular designs.
What word/phrase is most often heard when your team is working on your ROV?
"Keep Crazy" and "Think outside the box"
Which job or thing your team has to do is the hardest? Why?
Jet-lag. We always have 10-12 hours jet lag during the world competition as the timezone difference between US and Asia.
What is your team's go-to snack food(s)?
Peanut Butter Sandwich and Chicken legs. (That's the only snack selling in the food shop after midnight water tests!)
What was the most celebrated/happiest/best/epic moment of success making your ROV?
The moment announce that we are the champion of the Explorer class. Not just the current members are excited and happy, many of our past members are watching the live video stream with us at the other side of the world.
What was your most memorable challenge/complete fail in building your ROV?
At the regional competition we have a fail regulator during the test 1 day before the actual mission run. the regulator fries the whole ROV electronics and we have only like 10 hours to rebuild all the electronic systems. Lucky with all the team members effort, we successfully repaired the ROV and got the 1st place in regional competition.
What "theme" – the scientific or physical problem to be addressed with an ROV task – would you most like to see included in future competition missions?
We love to see more automatic/semi-automatic functions in the future competition missions. These are good challenges!
What innovation do you think would completely change how ROVs solve problems in the future?
Wireless real-time transmission system in underwater would change the way how we design and improve the ROV
If you could swap ROVs with any team – past or present – what team would it be?
We actually did once in 2016 world competition. During that time as our team could not get in the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab, Memorial University of Newfoundland team and us had a great idea. They helped us to bring our ROV into the lab and we guided them how to operate our ROV system. They will operate our ROV in the lab and the run was successful. It is always fun to see other people using our systems and we both had a great time.
If your team had/has one, what is your team’s “theme song”?
Pacific Rim OST (and that's why our control box have speaker)