Our Vision

"Developing Students on a Deeper Level"

Our goal is to enable students at NTNU to develop themselves both as engeneers and coworkers.

We do this by designing and building both the hardware and software of our own AUV's and ROV's, witch we then compete with nationally and internationally.


Students joining Vortex are given the tools and training they need to complete the project, and for most, a year at Vortex is a great introduction to working together on a proper engeneering project. Our partnerships give companies access to 40 engaged students with work experience and for the students we give them the opportunity to dive into and explore what the maritime industry has to offer.

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Vortex NTNU originally competed in the MATE ROV competition. This competition focused on giving the organizations practical tasks that it had to solve using their own ROVs. In 2019 it was decided to shift focus from ROVs to AUVs, and the organization would now compete in the RoboSub competition. This is a competition held in San Diego, California, that brings in student organizations from universities across the world. The competition usually has different tasks with differing difficulty that can be solved to acquire points. These wary from simply passing through a gate, to shooting targets with torpedos.

In 2021 we are also attending the new competition at TAC (Tau Autonomy Center) near Stavanger. This is a competition for both Autonomous and remotly controlles drones, and features tasks that are highly relevant to the maritime industry today. 

From the last time Robosub was held physically in 2019

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 Team 2021

Vortex NTNU consists of 5 different groups, with different areas of expertise and tasks. These are marketing, electrical, mechanical, software and the board. We do however like to change things around, and many tasks are also solved in taskforces consisting of members from the different groups. Below you can read more about the different teams we have here at Vortex NTNU.


  The Board  

The Board is responsible for coordinating the project and securing a sustainable development of the organization. Their involvement ensures close cooperation between the respective group leaders, and the team’s overall progression, budget and wellbeing


Vortex NTNU was founded in 2015, and competed in its first competition in 2016 at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab. The team had worked very hard up to this, and were very pleased with ending up with a ranking of 16 overall with Maelstrom. In 2017 the team focused on trying to DIY the drone more, creating their own PCBs and thrusters, the result was Terrapin. In 2018 it was again decided to create a new drone, Manta. This drone got great remarks for its sleek design. The organisation decided to change from making ROVs to AUVs, and Manta was converted to an AUV, and this is still the main focus.