DAY 16 - UNMANNED TRANSATLANTIC ATTEMPT

 

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MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS VOYAGE - MAS's direction of travel is the reverse of the Scout and Voyager autonomous Atlantic attempts that took advantage of trade winds. The Mayflower will be heading into prevailing winds. If sail powered, she would need to tack. But powered by a diesel engine, there is no need for that. Energy from nature is used to power the onboard AI and satellite communications. Any surplus could aid propulsion.

 

 

We are following this exciting scientific adventure, hoping that the all alloy Mayflower makes it from Plymouth in Devon, UK, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the USA - a journey of approximately 3,160 nautical miles - without any technical hitches. 

 

We will be reporting the facts with our own observations. You can find out more about progress on the official websites (urls below).

 

Following the fifteenth day of autonomous navigation, on the sixteenth day of the attempt to cross the Atlantic ocean the MAS 400 ........  We are looking forward to what happens on the seventeenth day ....

 

 

TRANSATLANTIC EVENT CALENDAR 2021

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POSITION

AVE SPEED

DIST COVERED

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Launch

Plymouth, Devon, UK

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Day 1

English Channel

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Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 5

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Day 6

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Day 7

Atlantic

Stalled

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Day 8

English Channel

No data recorded

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Day 9

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Day 10

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Day 11

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Day 12

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Day 13

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Day 14

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Day 15

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Day 16

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Day 17

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Day 18

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Day 19

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Day 20

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Day 21

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Arrival

Plymouth, Ma, USA

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The IBM Mayflower MAS 400 is an autonomous trimaran powered by a diesel engine, piloted by a solar powered artificially intelligent computer system developed by IBM called 'AI Captain.'

 

JOURNEY TIME

The original wooden 30-meter Mayflower took 66 days to carry the Pilgrims, Founding Fathers from the U.K. to what is now the U.S. The voyage would have involved a lot of tacking, because sailing ships cannot sail directly into the wind. But the new sail-less aluminium boat should take two to three weeks (14-21 days) depending on how strong the prevailing trade winds are.

  

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LINKS & CONTACTS

 

https://mas400.com/

http://www.promare.org/projects/
https://newsroom.ibm.com/then-and-now

 

 

 

 

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