The sea drone "Saildrone" which can navigate remotely without getting on board
Although it is an era in which the unmanned aerial vehicle "Drone" can be handled quite easily, it seems that this flow also exists in the ocean, and even if there is not a crew member who can navigate it "Saildrone"Has appeared.
You can see how it works by watching this movie.
PMEL Saildrone in San Francisco in 2015: Research Innovation & Marine Ecosystems - YouTube
Saildrone is a drone that goes over the sea instead of flying in the sky as the name Sail (sailing) + drone (drone) shows. As it is an unmanned aerial vehicle that is remotely controlled, it may not be a droning to say exactly, but it moves by remote control and there is no sailor.
Richard Jenkins, who created Saildrone. In 2009, we issued 126.1 mph (about 203 km) in a land yacht powered by wind only, breaking the world record of the time.
This is the picture at that time.
Sailing at 126 mph - Greenbird - YouTube
Mr. Jenkins started the 10-year plan to make "navigable drone" by applying the technique of the wing at this time, and founded "Saildrone" in 2012.
When the demonstration voyage from San Francisco to Hawaii succeeds in 2013, Saildrone is not just a sailing drone but partnering with the United States Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), so it will receive expectations as a marine and atmospheric measuring device.
We have been carrying 60 thousand nautical miles (1111,220 km) such as the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Bering Sea.
In September 2016,Series AWe have raised $ 14 million (about 1.4 billion yen), and we expect Saildrone's "fleet" expansion.
Saildrone Inc. Raises $ 14 Million In Series A Funding To Expand Its Fleet Of Sailing Drones And