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BBC NEWS 16 June 2021 AI driven robot Mayflower begins voyage

 

 

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 and currents. If sail powered, she would need to tack. But powered by a diesel engine, with support from the deck mounted solar panels, there may be no need for that - except, that we saw her struggling when out at sea. Energy from nature is used to power the onboard AI and satellite communications. Many media reports inaccurately refer to wind power as a feature of the MAS, but you can plainly see that there is no wind turbine or wing-sail on this craft.

 

 

 

BBC NEWS 16 JUNE 2021 - AI DRIVEN ROBOT MAYFLOWER BEGINS ATLANTIC VOYAGE

A crewless ship designed to recreate the Mayflower's historic journey across the Atlantic 400 years ago has begun its ocean crossing.

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) has set sail on a 3,500 mile (5,630km) journey from Plymouth in the UK to Massachusetts in the US.

The voyage was expected to take about three weeks, project leaders said.

It will also conduct experiments on its journey, collecting data on marine life and sampling for plastic waste.

The journey of the MAS, created by non-profit ocean research company ProMare and computing giant IBM, is part of the official Mayflower 400 commemorations.

It was created to show the development of technology in the centuries since the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World, bosses said.

The 50ft (15m) long solar-powered trimaran is capable of speeds of up to 10 knots (20km/h) and is being navigated by on-board artificial intelligence (AI).

The AI is being fed information from six cameras and 50 sensors.

It sailed from Plymouth to the Isles of Scilly on Tuesday. It set off again on Wednesday and entered international waters, bosses said.

Plymouth's Mayflower 400 celebrations cancelled

Project director Brett Phaneuf said he was "incredibly nervous and I think I'm going to be completely tense for the next three weeks".

He said: "I know everybody in my team is feeling that same sort of knot in the pit of their stomach.

"No-one's done [this type of voyage] yet, but the weather is perfect for it."

The original Mayflower, a 100ft (30m) triple-masted wooden vessel with canvas sails and a top speed of three knots (6km/h), carried 102 passengers and a crew of about 30 from Plymouth to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The 1620 crossing took more than two months.

The 2020 version is made of aluminium composite, with a back-up diesel generator to go with its solar-powered batteries.

People can track its progress on the MAS400 website.

  

 

 

 

 

TRANSATLANTIC EVENT CALENDAR 2021

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DIST COVERED

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Launch   15 June 2021

Plymouth, Devon, UK

Setting off

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Day 1     16 June 2021

English Channel

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Day 2     17 June 2021

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Wandering minstrel

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Day 3     18 June 2021

Washington Post report

AI News - Sets sail

Turning back

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Day 4     19 June 2021

Auto Evolution

Ocean Crew - In Atlantic

Glitch

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Day 5     20 June 2021

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Day 6     21 June 2021

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Day 7     22 June 2021

Atlantic

Stalled

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Day 8     23 June 2021

Atlantic (English Channel)

No data recorded

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Day 9     24 June 2021

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Day 10    25 June 2021

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Day 11    26 June 2021

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Day 12    27 June 2021

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Day 13    28 June 2021

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Day 14    29 June 2021

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Day 15    30 June 2021

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Day 16    1 July 2021

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Day 17    2 July 2021

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Day 18    3 July 2021

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Day 19    4 July 2021

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Day 20    5 July 2021

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Day 21    6 July 2021

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Arrival        July 2021

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.'

 

A BIT OF HISTORY

 

The first solar boat to travel around the world was the PlanetSolar, coming home on the 4th of May 2012. Computing power was not as advanced as it is today, when PlanetSolar set off on 27th September 2010, following the Sunshine Route, first shown in London at the 1994/95 Boat Show. Then in January 2013 a patent specification for a COLREGs compliant, unmanned autonomous navigation system was filed by a BMS engineer ( now our IP) with the suggestion in 'Claims' for using a solar powered trimaran (patent granted 12 June 2019) as a suitable hull configuration. This patent also included wind energy harvesting as originally advertised for the Mayflower 400.

 

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, and assuming no technical glitches or marine accidents - the whole point of the COLREGs compliant navigation system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINKS, CONTACTS & REFERENCE

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/06/18/mayflower-ibm-autonomous-ship/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/06/18/mayflower-ibm-autonomous-ship/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/britain-launches-a-new-high-tech-mayflower-for-ocean-exploration/2020/09/16/a45b0ed8-f82f-11ea-be57-d00bb9bc632d_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/britain-launches-a-new-high-tech-mayflower-for-ocean-exploration/2020/09/16/a45b0ed8-f82f-11ea-be57-d00bb9bc632d_story.html

https://www.news4jax.com/business/2021/06/18/ai-powered-mayflower-beset-with-glitch-returns-to-england/

https://www.news4jax.com/business/2021/06/18/ai-powered-mayflower-beset-with-glitch-returns-to-england/
https://oceancrew.org/news/unmanned-vessel-mayflower-set-off-on-a-transatlantic-voyage_19-06-2021/
https://www.autoevolution.com/news/ai-powered-trimaran-mayflower-suffers-glitch-ahead-of-unmanned-atlantic-crossing-163547.html
https://artificialintelligence-news.com/2021/06/18/ai-captain-ibm-edge-ai-powered-ship-mayflower-sets-sail/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/dalvin-brown/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/dalvin-brown/

 

 

 

 

 

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