|Ocean Alliance "Sailbot" exhibited at |
2nd Annual Maritime Summit Gloucester Ma Feb 7, 2013
Ocean Alliance, Olin College, and The City of Gloucester, Ma are teaming up this June 9-13, 2013 to pull together the 7th International Robotic Sailing Competition in Gloucester Harbor. We got a peak at the technology during the 2nd Annual Maritime Summit at Cruiseport Gloucester.
The Robotic "Sailbot" is breathing new life into the ancient art of sailing. This technology blends the tradition of sailing with cutting edge robotic technology. The idea is to try and imagine a world where robotic sailboats freed of petrochemicals and the labor intensity of classic sailboats, cruise the oceans using the power of the wind. Using engineering techniques such as path planning, obstacle avoidance, and optimized sail trim these "bots" are being put together my students and teams all over the world for this yearly competition. Last year the competition was in Ontario. Considering the history of sail and the birth of the classic Robinson schooner in Gloucester harbor, Gloucester seems like a fitting place for the upcoming regatta.
All those interested in Robotics, Autonomy, Sailing, or Naval Architecture will have a great time meeting and exchanging ideas. from students, novices, veteran programmers, sailors, and teams.
The plan is there may be over 100 robotic sailbots racing individually and in teams around Gloucester Harbor!
Autonomous watercraft technologies hold the potential to further advancements in national security and marine biology. Currently, the military and private sectors utilize a hybrid mix of manually operated and autonomous watercraft, but the production of fully unmanned oceanic vehicles, such as Sailbots, is now on the brink of reality. The ability to use self-guided robotic watercraft for coastal surveillance missions as well as water pollution sourcing, oil spill recovery and tsunami warning eliminates the human risk typically associated with these tasks. Furthermore, the monitoring of marine animals will be greatly enhanced by this technology, allowing for passive observation of behaviors such as migration routes and pairing sites.
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|Ocean Alliance Robotics Display including the "Sailbot" at |
City of Gloucester's
2nd Annual Maritime Summit 2013
Photos and Story by:
Director Sales and Marketing
Gloucester Marine Terminal