PLEASE NOTE - the NAVIGATOR class is only available at certain regional competitions (such as the Oregon Regional competition)


Find the full competition manual, props list, safety information and more at the main MATE ROV website here:

FAQ for NAVIGATOR at the Oregon Regional

What will the benthic macroinvertebrate handbook look like at the Oregon Regional?
The benthic macroinvertebrate handbook used at the Oregon Regional looks slightly different from the one on the main MATE ROV page. See the NAVIGATOR benthic macroinvertebrate handbook - Oregon version and the NAVIGATOR Maintaining Healthy Waterways - data sheet


Ensuring Public Safety – Dam Inspection and Repair

  • Inspect the drains for indicators of possible dam failure
    o Identify areas of muddy water flow
    o Identify and determine the number of cracks
  • Insert grout into voids underneath the dam
  • Inspect and repair trash rack
    o Remove debris over trash rack
    o Remove the damaged screen of the trash rack
    o Install a new screen

Maintaining Healthy Waterways

  • Monitor water quality
    o Measure the water temperature
    o Collect a water sample from the bottom
    o Use a water monitoring kit* to 1. Measure the pH of the water sample 2. Measure the phosphate levels of a water sample
  • Determine habitat diversity
    o Lift a rock from the bottom
    o Examine the benthic species underneath rock
    o Use a handbook to determine the number and type of benthic species (NOTE: The MATE Oregon Regional Competition is creating its own handbook of benthic species)
  • Record the date, time, temperature, pH, phosphate, and species diversity on a data sheet
  • Transport and release trout fry
  • Restore fish habitat
    o Remove degraded rubber tire(s)
    o Install new fish/reef ball(s)

*MATE will provide this kit.

Preserving History

NOTE: This third Mission task will NOT be included in Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition for the NAVIGATOR class.


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

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

  • 12 volts, 15 amps DC. Conversion to lower voltages is permitted topside and on the ROV. Any onboard electrical power source is not permitted
  • Manually powered pneumatics and hydraulics 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. 
  • Camera is required.
  • Depth requirement varies depending on the regional event.
  • Anderson powerpole connectors are required on all vehicles. 
  • Size limit: none.  See below for additional details on size requirements.


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:

< 48cm diameter +10
48.1cm to 60cm +5





Vehicles above 60 cm in diameter will still be allowed to compete in the product demonstration, but will receive 0 points for size.

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 was released on December 1st, 2018; teams have from that date until the regional events in the spring of 2019 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.