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Old May 16, 2008, 04:12 PM
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Transatlantic race of small fully autonomous sailboats

This is a little off topic, but I thought some of you would find these little (2 to 4 meters) sailboats interesting:

Robot boats in ocean race trials

The Microtransat Challenge

Now if Nikko could make one of these in a RTF, you wouldn’t need to built or pilot it; just launch it in the morning and come back in the afternoon to pick it up
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Old May 16, 2008, 06:21 PM
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onboard computers

Whow!

Can onboard gps & computers that give advice on when to tack in rc sailboat racing be far behind.
Cheers,
Phil Adams CR914 #1346 "Makani"
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Old May 17, 2008, 02:45 AM
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Whow!

Can onboard gps & computers that give advice on when to tack in rc sailboat racing be far behind.
Cheers,
Phil Adams CR914 #1346 "Makani"
They already exist in full size. Maybe with miniaturization?
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Old May 17, 2008, 03:13 AM
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Great way to dodge customs and excise for bringing in all sorts of naughty stuff.

Untracable if it gets stopped.
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Old May 20, 2008, 10:58 AM
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Have a look here for a bigger autonomous version-

http://www.ghostship.org.uk/flash.htm
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Old May 20, 2008, 09:16 PM
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Somebody tried this with 'full size' Bolger Micro's a few decades back. The track was from eastern USA to the British Isles. Believe there were 4 or 6 boats total. I don't remember if any ever made the complete trip
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