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Unmanned voyage in the wake of the Mayflower

Wednesday, 09 September 2020

Unmanned voyage in the wake of the Mayflower

The University of Plymouth has partnered with marine research and exploration charity ProMare and engineering company MSubs to create the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS). 

 

Launching next week and beginning its journey in Plymouth, it will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers’ voyage to the new world.

Powered by state-of-the-art renewable energy technology, it will carry a series of research pods that will include acoustic, nutrient and temperature sensors, along with water and air samplers. This will not only create a picture of ocean conditions and mammal behaviour right across the Atlantic, but pave the way for ground-breaking research into ocean conditions, marine pollution and conservation, and autonomous navigation.

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