A pioneering project has been launched which aims to design, build and sail the world’s first full-sized, fully autonomous unmanned vessel across the Atlantic Ocean.
The Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship, code named MARS, will use state-of-the-art wind and solar technology for its propulsion enabling an unlimited range. The revolutionary trimaran vessel will carry on board a variety of drones through which it will conduct experiments during its voyage.
It will be 32.5 meters long and 16.8 meters across (106.6 x 55.1 ft), with a glass/aramid/foam composite hull and a carbon composite deck. Using either or both of its two sails, MARS will be able to move at a speed of u…
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