The unmanned robot ship, designed to recreate Mayflower’s historic voyage across the Atlantic 400 years ago, began to cross its seas this week.
Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) a Travel 3,500 miles (5,630 km) from Plymouth, England to Massachusetts, USA.
The creators of the project say the trip will last about three weeks.
The vehicle will carry out tests during the voyage and collect information on samples of marine life and plastic waste.
Developed by nonprofit marine research firm Promer and computer firm IBM, the MAS voyage is part of the official Mayflower 400 celebrations.
The creators of the project said that the unmanned ship was created to demonstrate technological advances over the centuries since the departure of the pilgrims to the New World.
The automated ship Mayflower is after the roulette stop of the islands in the Atlantic Ocean. – Photo: Oliver Dickinson for IBM / Promer
The 15 meter long Trimaran is solar powered. It is capable of reaching speeds of up to 10 knots (20 km / h) and is guided by an artificial intelligence (AI)., Which receives information from six cameras and 50 sensors.
The vehicle left Plymouth for the Skilly Islands on Tuesday (15/06). On Wednesday (16/06), it took off again and entered international waters, developers say.
The original abduction lasted 2 months
Project Director Brett Paniff said he was “incredibly tense” and “absolutely tense for the next three weeks”.
“I know everyone on my team feels the same knot in their stomachs. No one has finished yet (a trip like this), but the weather is perfect for that.”
The original mayflower was large and very enjoyable, but it was slow and human dependent to lead. – Photo: IBM
The original Mayflower was a 30-meter-long three-masted wooden vessel with canvas sails and had a speed of 3 knots (6 km / h).
At the time, it was carrying 102 passengers and a crew from Plymouth to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
It took more than two months to cross 1620.
The 2020 version is made of aluminum alloy, with backup diesel generator with solar powered batteries.
You can follow the progress of the robot ship on the MAS400 website.