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Reykjavík University Places Fourth in RoboSub

A team from Reykjavík University (RU) placed fourth in the submarine tournament RoboSub in San Diego in the US last month. Styrmir Hauksson, a RU high tech student and member of the team, said this is great success for such a small university.

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Reykjavík University. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“For example, our submarine is really inexpensive compared to those of our competitors. Some of the equipment of other submarines costs as much as our entire submarine,” Hauksson told Fréttabladid.

At first the situation didn’t look good for the Icelandic team, which was comprised of 12 students and two mentors, because the submarine, which is called Freyja, opened up when they were trying it out on the first day.

“It was a terrible shock,” commented Jón Gudnason, one of the mentors. “I think many of the team members thought it was over.” They had worked on the submarine for months, so that would have been a huge disappointment.

But repairs were made which were sufficient to push Freyja through the semi-finals. Some of the repairs were rather unorthodox; for example, grains of rice were used to dry up the moisture on one of the lenses.

The US Embassy in Iceland sponsored part of the trip.

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