[Wave Glider mis à l’eau. Photo Liquid Robotics.]
Departing from San Francisco on Thursday four robots began a voyage across the Pacific to ports in Japan and Australia. The purpose of the crossing is to foster new scientific discoveries by collecting vast amounts of ocean data. Liquid Robotics and Google Earth are powering the project with robotic hardware and software capable of transiting the ocean unassisted.
The four Wave Gliders are expected to collect approximately 2.25 million discrete data points during their more than 300 voyage. Along the way they will transmit valuable ocean data on salinity, water temperature, waves, weather, fluorescence, and dissolved particles. Further, the enormous data set will be provided free of charge – in real-time – to scientists, educators, students, and the general public.
During their 33,000 nautical mile journey, the Wave Gliders will travel across some of the world’s most challenging environments. The Wave Gliders will begin their journey together to Hawaii, and then split into pairs, one pair continuing to Japan (…) and the other pair to Australia.
gCaptain.com: “Ocean Robots Race Across The Pacific”.