PHOTOS: The Mind-Blowing, Floating, Unmanned Scientific Laboratory

Wave Gliders are about to make scientific exploration a lot cheaper and safer

(Liquid Robotics)

Ocean Solar Panel

Wave Glider
(Liquid Robotics)

The Papa Mau is one of 200 autonomous research vessels called Wave Gliders, manufactured by Liquid Robotics. The 200-pound craft sports an unusual two-part design. The “float” is covered with solar panels and houses the onboard computer and navigation system. The “sub,” attached by a 20-foot cable, is fitted with a series of paddles that harness vertical wave motion to flap like bird wings. Powered by the sea and sun, the glider can collect scientific data uninterrupted for up to a year.

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