IBM’s self-propelled Mayflower (MAS400) has sailed across the Atlantic without a crew or a human pilot. Built and operated in conjunction with the ocean research nonprofit ProMare and industry partners, the self-propelled trimaran left the Turnchapel Wharf in Plymouth, UK at 4am GMT on June 15 and is in the ocean. international en route to Plymouth, Massachusetts for an initial landing in the Province for about three weeks.
The Mayflower robot voyage follows the path of the original Mayflower, which brought Pilgrim settlers to New England in 1620. The 50 ft (15 m) long, 20 ft (6.2 m) wide ship was built. made of aluminum and carbon composites, weighs 5 tons and is propelled by a solar-powered hybrid engine with a backup diesel engine, giving it a top speed of 10 knots ( 11 mph, 18 km/h).
Monitored by a command center in Plymouth, UK, the Mayflower navigates using more than 50 sensors, including six IBM AI Vision cameras and an IBM deep learning system to identify and avoid obstacles and hostile flows. enemy and bad weather while complying with international navigational rules. Data processing is performed by on-board computers powered by IBM Power Systems AC922 onshore.
On board is a 1,500 lb (700 kg) scientific payload that includes acoustic, nutrient and temperature sensors, as well as water and air sampling devices. They are collecting scientific data to help with future studies of ocean chemistry, acidification, sea level elevation and wave patterns; microplastics; and marine mammal conservation, among other topics. In addition, self-propelled technology can be applied in shipping, oil and gas, telecommunications, security, defense, fishing and aquaculture industries.
The video below discusses the Mayflower’s voyage and features a live webcam for the public to follow the ship’s progress.