New autonomous boat monitors ocean conditions Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at a new autonomous boat designed to monitor Earth’s oceans.
The automated sea vessel, named AutoNaut, is propelled by wave motion and its ocean sensors are solar powered, which means it produces zero emissions and requires no fuel. The device was designed by a new company from ESA’s UK business incubator and is capable of collecting ocean data for long periods at a very low cost. Daphne, an autonomous solar-powered vessel developed by British Columbia–based Open Ocean Robotics, is part of a wave of new ocean robots designed to police illegal fishing.
Our ASVs (Autonomous Surface Vehicle) can monitor for oil spills, detect intentional dumping and aid in the clean up effort. Oceans bear the brunt of climate change, causing acidification, sea level increases, and changes in temperature and currents, which impacts the health of marine species, ecosystems, and our coastal communities. Open Ocean Robotics, a Victoria-based company building solar-powered autonomous boats (pictured) for remote marine data collection, won the Wildcard category of this year’s NexStream Tech Challenge.
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: European Space Agency (ESA), AutoNaut