posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 06:36 PM
So apparently this robot just made the world records for distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle. The wave glider traveled 9,000 nautical miles and
was attacked by a shark and still survived!
On his first journey across the Pacific Ocean, Papa Mau was bitten by a shark, whipped by 100 mph winds, and tossed by 30 foot waves. Somehow he
survived the whole 9,000 nautical mile trip from Northern California to Australia. Papa Mau now holds the world record for distance traveled by an
autonomous vehicle on land or in the sea.
The surfboard-sized robot is one of Liquid Robotics’ Wave Gliders--the first marine robots that propel themselves forward with wave energy. In
November 2011, four Wave Gliders took off on a slow journey (they have a top speed of one and a half knots) across the Pacific, armed with sensors
that measure oil spills, salinity levels, phytoplankton activity, and more. The goal: to spark interest in marine science, foster new innovations, and
prove out Liquid Robotics’ technology. All data from the journey is available for free to anyone who registers on the Liquid Robotics
Papa Mau is the first Wave Glider to finish his journey; the other three robots are still in transit. All four Wave Gliders were taken from San
Francisco to the Monterey Bay, where they spent three weeks syncing their data with existing sensors in the area (from organizations like NOAA). From
there, the robots’ paths diverged.
I wish it would go into more detail about the shark attack, but I thought this was interesting!
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