Autonomous solar boat fights poachers

Boats Daphne are currently being tested in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of the United States and Canada. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Service are working with the company Open Ocean Robotics to detect illegal fishing.

The vehicle was equipped with efficient solar panelswhich power the on-board propulsion, sensors and communication (radio, satellite and cellular). Energy storage in batteries allows boats theoretically to stay in the water for many months.

Autonomous boats are the future of efficient navigation on seas and oceans. The systems detect ocean creatures and can inform research units to watch out for them in the area. They can also be used to detect icebergs, rocks and shoals and to inform ship captains about impending threat.

Meanwhile, scientists see in them great potential in projects seabed mapping. As still the depth of the oceans is an equally great mystery to us like alien planets, such autonomous boats can significantly accelerate the process of discovering them. It is even more a good idea that such vehicles can reduce expedition costs by up to 95 percent.


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