Robotic sailboat crosses the Atlantic

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Robotic sailboat crosses the Atlantic

Post by Witness » Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:18 am

Robot boat sails into history by finishing Atlantic crossing

All summer, the small boat drifted steadily eastward across the churning North Atlantic until it neared the Irish coast, where it made history by becoming the first unmanned sailboat to cross the Atlantic.

The SB Met, built by Norwegian company Offshore Sensing AS, reached the finish line of the Microtransat Challenge for robotic boats on Aug. 26, two and a half months after setting off from Newfoundland, according to preliminary data.

It's a milestone that shows the technology for unmanned boats is robust enough to carry out extended missions that can dramatically cut costs for ocean research, border security, and surveillance in rough or remote waters. They're part of wider efforts to develop autonomous marine vessels such as robotic ferries and cargo and container ships that could be operating by the end of the decade, outpacing attempts to commercialize self-driving cars. ... g-57585858

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Re: Robotic sailboat crosses the Atlantic

Post by sparks » Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:38 am

Yea, but does it have an ice maker and an auto-suck on board?
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Re: Robotic sailboat crosses the Atlantic

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:29 am

Never mind that.

Can it be weaponized like a drone?

Quick, make it illegal!
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Re: Robotic sailboat crosses the Atlantic

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:52 am

Two and a half months? About 75 days. Apparently that's about how long it took the Pilgims and Columbus to sail to America.
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Re: Robotic sailboat crosses the Atlantic

Post by ed » Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:18 pm

Unmanned vessel. Derelict. Claim it.

Rob would know. He knew all things nautical. He was like Popeye. :cry:
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