SCOUT Missions


Commerce: Hyperloop Construction

  • Install the frame onto the baseplate.
  • Transport and position the hose for pouring concrete into the frame.
  • Retrieve the three positioning beacons and return them to the surface

Entertainment: Light and Water Show Maintenance

  • Turn the valve to stop the flow of water to the platform.
  • Remove the old fountain.
  • Install the new fountain.
  • Turn the valve to restore the flow of water to the platform.
  • Return the old fountain to the surface, side of the pool.

Health: Environmental Cleanup

  • Collect a sediment sample from the contaminated area and return it to the surface.
  • Collect two clams from the contaminated area and return them to the surface.
  • Place a cap over the contaminated area.

Safety: Risk Mitigation

  • Locate the four cargo containers.
  • Use a magnetic reed switch to activate the RFID. In this scenario, the RFID will only respond if the cargo is high-risk.
  • Deploy a marker on each container that contains high-risk cargo.


What follows is a summary of the electrical and fluid power requirements for the SCOUT competition class. The complete design and building specifications will be included within the competition manual.

  • 12 volts, 15 amps DC. Conversion to lower voltages is permitted topside and on the ROV. Onboard electrical power is not permitted.
  • Manually-powered hydraulics and pneumatics are permitted. Pneumatic systems cannot exceed ambient pool pressure and must follow the fluid power specifications included within the competition manual.
  • Lasers are NOT permitted.
  • Depth requirement: Varies depending on the regional event. The regional coordinator will provide this information.
  • New in 2017! Anderson Powerpole connectors are required on all vehicles. 
  • Maximum size limit: None. See below for additional details on size requirements.

NOTE:  Watch for new safety requirements and additional, detailed electrical specifications within the competition manuals.


The Port of Long Beach has included an ROV size and weight requirement in the request for proposals (RFP). Smaller, lighter vehicles will be given special consideration and vehicles above a certain size and weight will not be considered.

All size and weight measurements will include the vehicle, all tools and components, and the tether. The topside control system and 1 meter of tether going into the control system will NOT be included in the length or weight measurement. To receive points for smaller sized vehicles, the two largest dimensions of the vehicle and tether must fit through a round hole of the following dimensions:

<40cm diameter +10 points
40.01cm to 48 cm +5 points





NOTE: In addition to the size and/or weight limitations described above, companies must be able to personally transport the vehicle and associated equipment to the product demonstration station and to the technical sales presentation room. The ROV systems must be capable of being safely hand launched.


Teams are permitted to use the materials of their choice provided that they are safe, will not damage or otherwise mar the competition environment, and are within the defined design and building specifications.

Teams are encouraged to focus on engineering a vehicle to complete the product demonstration tasks; when considering design choices, teams should ask themselves which one most efficiently and effectively allows them to solve the problem. Re-using components built by previous team members is permitted provided that the current team members evaluate, understand, and can explain their engineering and operational principles. Using or re-using commercial components is also permitted, provided that team members evaluate, understand, and can explain their engineering and operational principles. Teams will be questioned extensively on their overall design and component selections during their technical sales presentations.

The complete competition manual will be released by November 15, 2016; teams have from that date until the regional events in the spring of 2017 to construct their vehicles and prepare the engineering and communication components (technical reports, engineering presentations, and poster displays).  Visit the MATE website at or request to be added to the MATE competition listserve to ensure a timely delivery.