Friday, June 28, 2013

SCOUT: The Autonomous Transatlantic Boat

Congratulations to Seth for correctly answering yesterday's quiz. The strange looking boat being carried up from the dock at Evelyn's in Tiverton is indeed the autonomous surface vessel, Scout.

Scout is a solar-powered robotic boat designed to cross the Atlantic Ocean autonomously. Its navigation will depend entirely on pre-programmed commands and information about its environment collected through sensors. Scout has been built to attempt a world record for the longest automated boat journey. If successful, Scout will be the first fully automated boat to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Scout was built by a group of young men from the town of Tiverton, where I currently live.

The plan is to launch Scout on its Atlantic crossing from Fogland Beach in Tiverton tomorrow morning, June 29.

Hmmm. I wonder if I should go down there with my Laser and follow it for the first few miles of its journey?

You can find more about Scout, the project, and the crew that built it at their website and Facebook page.


Anonymous said...

Very good but it has a propeller!

Now this is more like it:



Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Howabout open racing between sail-powered and solar-powered robotic boats?

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