Papa Mau, an autonomous Wave Glider robot that sailed 9,000 miles across the oceans under its own power, closing in on Australia, where it landed after a year’s journey on November 20.
(Credit: Liquid Robotics)

Science robot ends Guinness record-breaking ocean journey

After 9,000 miles, the autonomous robot Papa Mau completed its trip across the ocean having gathered valuable scientific data along the way.

by Daniel Terdiman December 5, 2012 4:00 AM PST

After a record-breaking 9,000-mile journey across the ocean, a small autonomous robot recently arrived in Australia having collected and transmitted a wealth of scientific data that could lead to a better understanding of the world’s seas.

On November 17, 2011, a Silicon Valley startup called Liquid Robotics launched four of its Wave Glider robots from San Francisco, two of which were heading toward Australia and the other two on their way to Japan. The hope was that the Wave Gliders, which are designed to travel across the globe without fuel or outside propulsion, would set the Guinness World Record for longest distance traveled on the Earth’s surface by a robot.

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