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A Successful Unmanned Transatlantic Crossing A Successful Unmanned Transatlantic Crossing

A Successful Unmanned Transatlantic Crossing

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Following a failed attempt in 2017, a Norwegian group known as Offshore Sensing recently announced that its unmanned sailing vessel had completed a successful Transatlantic crossing.

The journey of some 1,685 miles began on June 7, 2018 in Newfoundland and ended on August 26 when the Sailbuoy Met reached the Irish coast.

The unmanned craft's previous, unsuccessful trip across the ocean finished after the Sailbuoy Wave had traveled about 2,800 miles over a time span of a couple of months. It was finally scooped from the water by a fishing vessel somewhere in the middle of the North Atlantic. When the craft was inspected to discover why it hadn't sailed as planned, the culprit was determined to be a loose screw which had more or less fried the autopilot controls.

Offshore Sensing's Sailbuoy craft have been built as platforms that can be directed where to sail via a satellite connection, which also allows for real-time data and tracking harvesting. The kind of information gathered includes oil spill detection, water quality reports, wave measurement, and oceanographic and meteorological stats. The craft is propelled by the wind filling its sail, and an array of solar panels provides power to all of the electronics by way of a battery system.

New Atlas reports that the wind conditions for Sailbuoy Met's Transatlantic voyage reached gale-force strength at times, while, at others, they were classified as "dead calm".

Nothing, it appears, could stand in the way of the craft reaching its destination this time. Despite racking up 5,100 kilometers overall (3,169 miles), Sailbuoy Met succeeding in becoming the first unmanned craft traveling along the water's surface to complete a crossing of the North Atlantic.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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