Robot scientist achieves Guinness record for distance traveled
One of the first images that come to mind when we talk about Drones is the unmanned aircraft of the U.S. Armed Forces as the famous Predator . Fortunately, not all have drones for war and not all planes since, over time, have also developed land vehicles and even small autonomous underwater robot . Indeed, a small underwater robot used in scientific research has just reached a record Guiness to go 16,668 miles away (between San Francisco and Australia) and crowned as the robot has been able to make the longest journey on Earth .
Nine thousand nautical miles, or what is the same, 16,668 miles away, the distance has been covered the Papa Mau (which is the name of this robot) since lanzase the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco. And what was the purpose of this holiday? Liquid Robotics , which is the company behind the project, has taken advantage of this unique adventure to collect data on temperature, salinity and ocean ecosystem (plankton) but most importantly, has been testing the resistance of this robot.
Seeing the distance you’ve traveled this robot, named in honor of Pius “Mau” Piailug a navigator of Micronesia, nobody can doubt that this design has been optimized to withstand any adversity that can be found in the ocean (storms, sharks, through the Great Barrier Reef …) for 365 days of uninterrupted navigation.
For company, of course, these tests serve to test in extreme conditions this robot and give some publicity when introducing it as a product that could be of interest to marine biologists since, thanks to its sensors, has taken the journey to collect scientific data and this, precisely, could be one of the applications that might have this submarine that requires no fuel and moves using the energy generated by ocean waves themselves and a solar panel on the upper with the feeding the sensors and systems .
Mau Pope is not the only robot developed by Liquid Robotics to operate at sea, the company developed two others also jumped into the ocean shortly after. One of these robots is set to hit Australia for the month of January and the other, which was bound for Japan, had to retire in Hawaii to breakdown and require repairs.
And what happens to the data collected? Will they use or is it just a show? Fortunately, all data collected by Pope Mau are not going to lose and be made available to the scientific community with the incentive of a $ 50,000 grant for the most original and interesting proposal to emerge in order to maximize the use of data collected by the robot.
Images: Liquid Robotics