HPVDT has been busy with several projects running in parallel this summer. However, as the dates for WHPSC 2016 approach, they are making final preparations for the event.
Their main effort this summer has been their submarine AXIOS. Here is a fuzzy shot of the male buck used to make the hull mold
and here are the molds.
Everything is being made from fiberglass that was sourced as scrap from a wind turbine factory.
Here is the rear portion of the hull.
Calvin holds one of the propeller blades.
In terms of Battle Mountain, their plan is to bring Eta Prime, and either Vortex or Bluenose. Here is a picture of Eta Prime, Vortex and Cyclone.
Here is Eta Prime with the rear part of the fairing installed.
Eta Prime is pretty much up and running. It has been track tested up to about 50 mph. The test speed was limited by the roughness of the track causing severe vibration. If things go well, Calvin has a shot at upgrading his hat. In the meantime, he has to defend his Master’s thesis in about a week.