Liquid Robotics said that its WaveGlider has become the first autonomous device to cross the pacific Ocean and has set a world record for the longest distance covered by an autonomous vehicle.
The "Papa Mau" Wave Glider traveled 9,000 nautical miles and "weathered gale force storms, fended off sharks, spent more than 365 days at sea, skirted around the Great Barrier Reef, and finally battled and surfed the East Australian Current (EAC) to reach his final destination in Hervey Bay near Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia."
During its journey, the wave-powered glider collected and transmitted more than 4 million data points documenting ocean life. Liquid Robotics said that it is making the data available as open source and is offering a $50,000 prize for the best way how to utilize the data. Among the measurements were more than 1,200 miles of a chlorophyll bloom along the Equatorial Pacific, Liquid Robotics said.