Wave-powered robot sails 9,000 miles, setting record

About one year ago, our very own Eileen Marable wrote about a quartet of robots, Wave Gliders, that were attempting to cross the Pacific Ocean. One pair was headed to Japan, and the other was looking to vacation in Australia. Of the four, one finally reached its destination. Papa Mau made it to Australia.

About one year ago, our very own Eileen Marable wrote about a quartet of robots, Wave Gliders, [http://dvice.com/archives/2011/11/quartet-of-robo.php] that were attempting to cross the Pacific Ocean. One pair was headed to Japan, and the other was looking to vacation in Australia. Of the four, one finally reached its destination. Papa Mau made it to Australia.

Papa Mau spent more than a year at sea, weathering storms of every sort, before landing in the Outback. It was out there for two reasons: to see if it ( and its three mates) could endure the ocean and to measure oil spills and salinity levels.

Two of the robots had rudder problems and aborted their missions. The third one had some bulls-eye issues, currently hanging out 750 miles east of Australia.

Our hats go off to you, Papa Mau. Fortitude of this kind is not often seen, especially amongst robot-kind.

Via Inhabit

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