Unmanned Wave Gliders are swimming across Pacific Ocean

The Wave Gliders are the remotely-piloted robotic boats designed by the Liquid Robotics. On 17th November 2011, four unmanned Wave Gliders have begun their 300-day trip across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco. At first, four of them will navigate to Hawaii. There from one pair goes to Australia, and the other two travels to Japan. The traveling distance measures about 60,000 kilometers (37,000 miles). Most importantly, it is aimed to set a Guinness World Record for accomplishing the longest distance by an unmanned ocean boat.

The Wave Gliders that head towards Australia are named as Benjamin and Papa Mau, while the other two traveling to Japan gets the name Piccard Maru and Fontaine Maru.

The wave energy and underwater winged platform allow these unmanned boats to move forward. As a result, there is no necessary for refueling. Each vehicle includes solar cells on the top for recharging the battery, which in turn provides power to the transmitters and data sensors. The sensors will be helpful in collecting several data such as weather conditions, water salinity, wind & wave features, temperature, crude oil fluorescence, oxygen content, and depth.

The satellites are used to broadcast the collected data immediately. Anyone can get it free by registering with the Liquid Robotics. Moreover, the registered users can almost go after the journey on the Google Earth’s Ocean Showcase. The scientists those submit a research abstract will get a chance to use a Wave Glider freely for six months. Additionally, they can collect any information about the vehicle. This is only applicable to the top five winners.

The Wave Gliders are also sold by Liquid Robotics for a cost of about US $200,000. Overall, it could be useful in the future for protecting wild fisheries, checking currents on the shipping paths, and running off-shore fish farms.

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