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It is a route that first brought the Pilgrims from England to Plymouth in 1620.
Now, the route of the Mayflower is set to be followed again - by a entirely autonomous high tech ship.
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Called the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS), the unmanned ship runs entirely on renewable energy, and will sail on the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims' voyage from England to America.
It will also launch drones during the trip to gather meteorological, oceanographic and climate data.
MAS - Partnership - University - Plymouth - Craft
MAS is being developed by a partnership of the University of Plymouth, autonomous craft specialists MSubs, and public charity Promare which promotes marine research and exploration throughout the world.
However, the ship is still a concept and researchers note it will take two-and-a-half years to build, following a year’s worth of testing before it is ready to sail the open ocean.
Sail - Date - Anniversary - Mayflower - Plymouth
The sail date will mark the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower from Plymouth, England to Plymouth Massachusetts.
The ship is more than 100 feet long and will reach speeds of 12.5 knots with the electric motor and 20 knots with sails, basically 23 miles per hour in not very windy conditions.
Approach - Concept - Advantage - Opportunities - Crew
'Our approach to developing the concept was to fully explore and take advantage of the opportunities that arise from not having to carry crew, and to create a vessel that is capable of using only renewable energy,' John Shuttleworth, who runs Shuttleworth Design with his brother Orion, wrote in a statement.
'Working within the limitations of renewable energy sources has given a clear direction to the developing form of the vessel.'
Ship - Drones - Climate - Data - Hopes
The ship will also launch drones to gather meteorological, oceanographic and climate data, with the hopes of gaining knowledge about the current condition of the ocean, reported Tech Insider.
The vessel is intended to house one or more modular payload bays, much like a...
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