Captain’s Log – Day 980

Out of The Lab, I’m working from Greece, where I’ll stay until the end of April.
Finishing the so awaited second episode of ‘Built of Scratch’, I will continue with a small but pretty flexible assistant robot, capable of grappling things and taking samples underwater autonomously. Couple of these robots will be the “workers” of Neptune, during his missions.
Stay tuned and be happy!
#therareblue #builtofscratch

Oh, and “Rum to the bottom…” cuz’ things are a bit crazy these days πŸ™‚

Captain’s Log – Day 929

Special guests from Ruse were in the Lab yesterday!
With the support of a new partner from Varna, who I’ll review soon, we’ve explored some new materials and tech’s that will help our work…
Friends, combined with sea, sun, coffee, … and my lovely town noon traffic πŸ˜‰
#therareblue #fortheplanet

Captain’s Log – Day 925

What did people dream for the year 2020, 20 years ago? Flying cars, teleportrs, androids and other futuristic machines.
Well, today in 2020 there is still nothing even close to those dreams … except one…
I closed the NEPTUNE concept, eliminating fish-like “side fins” because the technology is too risky for the tough underwater environment. In their place, I design another type of side blades controlled by special jet sprays.
A graphene electrodes on each side will generate a high voltage electric field over the robot, protecting it from predators.
NEPTUNE is now becoming ATLAS and will not only be an explorer but also a “builder” of the Deep Sea.
Isn’t this futuristic enough for 2020?

Captain’s Log – Day 871

Winter is slowly coming to our town causing the rum to finish faster.
But today was incredibly sunny, and I used it to finish the fiberglass coating of the Side-fins. Now they are almost finally ready, with a bunch of improvements which I’ll show you in the next episode of ‘Built of Scratch’.
Until then, stay warm, drink tea with rum and be patient. Santa is on his way πŸ˜πŸ¦ŒπŸŒŸβ˜ƒοΈβ˜ƒοΈ

Captain’s Log – Day 840

Its the first time we try the concept to cover the PLA 3D printed parts with fiberglass and epoxy.
Cross fingers because if we succeed, all parts will be not only strengthen, but also well protected from the sea water.
Rum for everyone! πŸŒŠπŸΊπŸ¬πŸ¦‘

Captain’s Log – Day 839

One of the reasons this project exists is to inspire you and others to advance the technologies for exploring and preserving the sea. We were amazed to learn that our work motivates even children to do engineering.

Today the Lab of The Rare Blue was visited by The Children’s house with 8 really young boys and girls and their parents, to see the engineering process here. The Children’s house in Varna actually works to inspire children to create, following their interests and talents, and now they are exploring opportunities to build a machine. Amazing!
I promised to help them as an engineer in the process of creation, so more news soon.

No Rum this time. Ok, maybe for the children’s parents only.

Captain’s Log – Day 826

I think it’s a record for a long time without an update. Some things have been changed, but in the same direction: supporting nature conservation.

Neptune already has a new design, mostly inspired by nature. Its purpose has also been updated following the latest trends in AI technology. Now it will be more efficient, it will work with a really small amount of energy, easier to operate underwater and above and many more.
Currently I finish the “fish-like” side fins which are the most complex mechanical part of the robot. In the next episode of “Built of Scratch” coming very soon, you will learn and see more about it.
The project is now completely “Open-Source”, so all the drawings and instructions will be freely shared soon.
“Rum for everyone!”

Captain’s Log – Day 756

Back in Varna after 3 months spent along the endless beaches of northwestern France. The new equipment are now in the Lab and the setup is almost complete. Today I may able to make the first 3D printed part, using only a solar energy. Cross fingers!

“Rum to the bottom and let Poseidon be with us!”

Captain’s Log – Day 730

Sixty years ago, Captain Jacques Cousteau started the era of the Deep See exploration, giving us new knowledge, a lot of new inventions and a new amazing feature to dream for.
Two years ago, inspired by the infinite blue horizon, I decided to follow his work, researching the abilities of man kind to achieve a new level of technological, social and cultural advancement, based on sustainable growth in balance with the Sea and its nature.
This is how on 10th of July, 2017, 730 days ago, The Rare Blue Project born. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Happy 2 years, The Rare Blue and all the team, partners and friends of the project!

“Rum for everyone and let Poseidon be with us!”