Fresh out of Princeton University, Eamon began his career at Planetary Systems Corporation, a spacecraft mechanisms company. The ROBOTBOAT MkII was built in PSC’s lab on nights and weekends and sailed in the Chesapeake bay and Potomac River. The AMS team does all of the fabrication by hand (except for some machining work) and learns valuable lessons. The boat runs on a full-fledged, power-hungry laptop & labVIEW 8.
AMS launches the Mk III. The team does most of the fabrication by hand. This boat is fast and a sleek new hull design removes the need for dagger boards. The choice of an embedded PC improves the power budget, but the goal of being power positive remains out of reach.
Building on the same hulls, the Mk IV introduces AMS’ innovative (since patented) wing sail design. AMS is incorporated.
Improvements in both sail design and power systems advance the technology from MkIV to Mk V. The NiCads are jettisoned in favor of Li-ion cells as AMS chases greater performance.
The Mk V has a titanium mast, 3D printed sail, and draws drastically less power than its predecessor. This boat is modified to act as a proof of concept for AMS’ self-righting technology. In late 2012, we launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds and awareness.
Using the proceed from the successful kickstarter campaign, we launch Robotboat Mk VI with modifications to enable long duration missions.
The AMS team was selected to attend the SURGE accelerator in Houston. A fortuitous typo lead to the name “Datamaran.” and the team began deep water and extended duration trials, along with payload integration.
AMS is invited to join Greentown Labs and relocates to Somerville, MA. Chris Kennedy joins AMS. In summer, we complete our first paid pilots for DARPA and a major energy services company.
AMS closes it’s SEED funding round. Jonathan joins us as a summer intern and Shawn as a contractor. Chris leads the design effort of the MK 7 Datamaran incorporating feedback from our first customers. All aspects of the boat are improved, and the production processes are designed for mass produciton.
AMS appoints Ravi to the office of CEO, hires Jonathan and Shawn full time, and continues to gain traction and demonstrate industry leading capabilities with the commercial launch of the Datamaran product line. Early in the year several prototypes are produced of the MK 7.