Autonomous wave-powered robot completes PacX journey
An autonomous wave-powered robot has completed a 9,000-nautical-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean.
Liquid Robotics’ Pacific Crossing (PacX) Wave Glider, named Papa Mau, completed its scientific journey across the Pacific Ocean to set a new world record for the longest distance travelled by an autonomous vehicle.
According to Liquid Robotics, Papa Mau navigated along a prescribed route under autonomous control, collecting and transmitting high-resolution ocean data.
The company is providing open access to this data as part of its PacX Challenge, a global competition seeking new ocean applications and research using the PacX data set.
During the journey, Papa Mau is said to have weathered gale-force storms, fended off sharks, spent more than 365 days at sea, skirted around the Great Barrier Reef and finally battled and surfed the East Australian Current (EAC) to reach its final destination in Hervey Bay near Bundaberg, Queensland, in Australia.
December 10, 2012
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