ATLANTIC VOYAGE - The Mayflower'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
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
comms. 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
OCEAN CREW 19 JUNE 2021 - UNMANNED VESSEL MAYFLOWER SET OFF ON TRANSATLANTIC VOYAGE
IBM Corporation and ocean research nonprofit ProMare announced that the autonomous vessel Mayflower (MAS400) is now in international waters trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean and reach the US coast.
The vessel started sailing from Plymouth (UK) on June
15. There is not a single person on board, control is carried out by the AI Captain system, which receives data from dozens of sensors.
It is estimated that the journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the Massachusetts coast will take about three weeks. During this time, Mayflower will collect scientific information that relates, in particular, to microplastics and the state of populations of marine animals.
Mayflower has been in development for several years. The trimaran has a mass in the region of five tons, its length is 15 meters, and its width is 6.2 meters. The vessel is powered by a
motor. The Mayflower can reach a top speed of 10 knots (19 kilometers per hour).
The name of the ship is a tribute to the memory of the first settlers who arrived in North America. The name Mayflower was a merchant ship on which the British crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1620 and founded the Colony of Plymouth, one of the first North American settlements of the British.
The United States is now actively developing unmanned vehicles. One of the main events of the year on this topic was the delivery to the US Navy of the Seahawk, the "twin" of the famous Sea Hunter. Tests of the latter began in 2016. It is assumed that such military units, acting
autonomously, will make it possible to more effectively identify enemy
Compared to the first ship, the Seahawk has some improvements in electrical systems, payload securing systems and operator control station.
In 2019, the Chinese began testing their unmanned spacecraft. The JARI-USV boat has received a modular scheme popular today, thanks to which it can solve a wide range of tasks, including the fight against enemy ships. Among the most interesting features is the ability to use an eight-cell vertical launcher.
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MAS 400 is an
trimaran powered by a
engine, piloted by a solar powered artificially intelligent
system developed by IBM called 'AI Captain.'
BIT OF HISTORY
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.
The original wooden
30-meter Mayflower took 66 days to carry
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
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
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