Stockbridge, MI

The Emperor Micro-Lander a device to Remotely Monitor Aquatic Life in American Samoa

Our invention is the Emperor Micro- Lander. The Emperor Micro-Lander is a small, untethered free undersea vehicle for benthic operations. It is hand deployable from small boats. The product we envision will be lightweight, portable and durable. The system will be small enough to be carried onto a commercial aircraft to simplify shipping with no hazardous material. The Emperor Micro-Lander will carry cameras, lights and a conductivity, depth and temperature (CTD) sensor or other custom sensor packages as needed. It will use a biodegradable sacrificial weight for the anchor, that can be locally sourced in any port ‘o call. The micro lander can reach a maximum depth of 100 meters and maintain an upright position regardless of seafloor topography. A locator beacon will help with its self-recovery system. The Emperor Micro-Lander can be programmed to remain underwater for up to a week depending upon the needs of the researcher and return to the surface autonomously. The Emperor Micro-Lander fills a void in the current marketplace for a low cost, easy to deploy, operate, and recover sensor system that can be used by professional researchers and citizen scientists alike.

Recent Team Blogs

April 13, 2020
Our school closed on March 13th with hopes of going back but we have not been able to be back into the building. There have been many changes and obsticles to overcome but overall it has not been bad! During this time Mr.Richards has been using our 3D Printers to create 600 face sheilds for local...
February 19, 2020
This month was very eventful for our team but, we got many of our main goals accomplished. On February 5th through the 8th our team traveled to Key Largo Florida. While we were in Key Largo we stayed at a MarineLab and learned about Florida's coastal ecology. The greatest accomplishment that...
January 23, 2020
January 21st 2020: Our team has made tremendous progress on the Emperor Micro Lander. This month we have had many achievements as well as failures, our biggest accomplishment was testing our invention in the pool. On Friday January 17th, we traveled to Mason High School and tested our current...
December 9, 2019
December 9th 2019: The Stockbridge InvenTeam has made more progress on the Emperor Micro-Lander over the past few months. The team has worked hard and has many failures as well as successes. While we have made great progress on our micro-lander we have also had some honorable achievements. This...
November 20, 2019
November 20th 2019 The Stockbridge InvenTeam has been making great progress on the Emperor Micro-Lander. In the meantime we have received attention from multiple sources and have even taken the time to visit a local business. On November 6th our team traveled to Menlo Innovations in Ann...