Four Two-Hundred Pound Robots to Land on the Big Island in Three Months

This is kind of similar to the EVOLTA robot that recently completed the IRONMAN triathlon on the Big Island only a bit different.

A Wave Glider

A Wave Glider

Four two-hundred pound solar robots, named “Wave Gliders” will embark on a mission across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to gather and harvest scientific data.

They are expected to land on the Big Island in approximately 90 days.

…They will first take a 2,500-mile voyage to the Big Island of Hawaii, then two will split off and head to Australia — a 6,500-mile trip — while the other two make their way to Japan, a 7,000 to 8,000-mile crossing. If and when they reach Hawaii on the initial leg of their mission, they will set a new Guinness record for the longest voyage made by an autonomous ocean robot.

The robots should arrive in Hawaii in about 90 days, then it will take another 210 days for them to reach Japan and Australia. That should put them at their destinations around Sept. 6, 2012…

More here: Robots to cross the Pacific to gather scientific data

You can check out the robots in action here:

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NOAA PMEL wave gliders are a simple and cost-effective platform for collecting ocean data that does not rely on expensive ships or buoys. See http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/edd/wave_gliders.html

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