SCOUT TRANSATLANTIC @ 45 DAYS
45th DAY UPDATE - Scout is really moving now as the robust vessel heads for her 45 day rendezvous. She has completed over 125 miles in the last four days after a massive course deviation (correction) to meet a waypoint, and that was after a significant northerly course deviation in the previous 8 days, making all of us nervous to say the least. She is back heading east. Progress is varied as you might expect from such an event, but, with the velocity reaching 1.9 miles an hour for a time and an average speed fluctuating from 1.64 mph to 1.54mph, this is an exciting ride. The speedometer is not functioning, showing zero velocity - but don't let that fool you. The Atlantic mid-hump is coming up. It's nerve racking stuff for sure, we suspect that this is so especially for the team. Hang in there Scouts! Click on the picture below to continue the story.
CONCEPT - Scout is powered by solar panels. The idea is to get across the Atlantic autonomously meaning without stopping for fuel and without a human onboard to steer. The boat is thus an ocean going robot. The Scout team are using much the same gps, tracking and computer equipment as the Microtransat teams seem to favour. Some roboteers have even designed an "autonomous" motherboard, onto which all the usual guidance and comms are incorporated. See Jon's ASV board as used with the Mbed for his 4x4 car. With robot engineers around the world collaborating, obstacles like the Atlantic will soon be surpassed. Then comes other oceans, the Indian and Pacific - and eventually, a world autonomous navigation. Such an endeavor will require a special boat. We advocate that a small ship is more suited. Time will tell.
8 OCTOBER 2013 STATS
45 DAYS: 02 HOURS: 55 MINUTES: 07 SECONDS
traveled by Scout 1708.01 MI Velocity not displaying
7 OCTOBER 2013 STATS
Elapsed: 44 DAYS: 05 HOURS: 04 MINUTES: 19 SECONDS
6 OCTOBER 2013 STATS
Elapsed: 43 DAYS: 05 HOURS: 26 MINUTES: 38 SECONDS
Distance traveled by Scout 1633.89 MI Velocity (not displaying)
CURRENT STATUS: N 40° 58’ 21.16” W 47° 53’ 28.27” Compass 0° Waypoint 0° CoG 114°
5 OCTOBER 2013 STATS
Time Elapsed:42 DAYS: 06 HOURS: 10 MINUTES: 21 SECONDS
CURRENT STATUS: N 41° 27’ 43.8” W 48° 54’ 43.32” Compass 0° Waypoint 0° CoG 104°
4 OCTOBER 2013 STATS
Time Elapsed: 41 DAYS: 07 HOURS: 40 MINUTES:
CURRENT STATUS: N 41° 33’ 1.52” W 49° 22’ 10.4” Compass 0° Waypoint 0° CoG 109°
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3 OCTOBER 2013 STATS
40 DAYS: 03 HOURS: 53 MINUTES: 14 SECONDS
CURRENT STATUS: N 41° 34’ 47.08” W 50° 14’ 47.2” Compass 0° Waypoint 0° CoG 77°
ELEKTOR - A team of young DIYers from Tiverton, RI in the US have built the Scout to attempt the first autonomous Transatlantic crossing by a surface craft. Power for the 12 ft boat comes from four 30 W solar panels built into the deck, charging a lithium-iron-phosphate battery. One of the two Arduino Mega boards used in the design handles navigation while the second Mega takes care of sensor data and communications via an Iridium satellite transceiver.
Failsafe measures built into the design include a hard reset of the Arduinos every 12 hr to recover from any power supply brown out event or memory malfunction. The boat’s course is set by navigating to preprogrammed GPS waypoints. It periodically performs a reverse maneuver to clear seaweed or debris which may have fouled the propeller.
You can check Scouts progress on the team’s web
page (click on the picture above), the last time I looked it was 37 days into the mission and 1010 miles from Rhode Island. If all goes to plan it will make landfall at Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain, the place where Columbus began his second journey to the New World.
2 OCTOBER 2013 STATS
Time Elapsed: 39 DAYS: 07 HOURS:
07 MINUTES: 41 SECONDS
1 OCTOBER 2013 STATS
Elapsed: 38 DAYS: 04 HOURS: 23 MINUTES: 06 SECONDS
traveled by Scout 1368.42
Velocity 2.5 MI HR
30 SEPTEMBER 2013 STATS
Elapsed: 37 DAYS: 04 HOURS: 49 MINUTES: 42 SECONDS
29 SEPTEMBER 2013 STATS
Elapsed: 36 DAYS: 04 HOURS: 40 MINUTES: 50 SECONDS
Distance traveled by Scout 1382.78
Velocity 2.5 MI HR
CURRENT STATUS N 42° 37’ 23.52” W 51° 33’ 2.59” Compass 100° Waypoint 100° CoG 143°
28 SEPTEMBER 2013 STATS
Elapsed: 35 DAYS: 01 HOURS: 10 MINUTES: 27 SECONDS
traveled by Scout 1370.88
Velocity 1.8 MI HR
27 SEPTEMBER 2013 STATS
Elapsed: 34 DAYS: 06 HOURS: 22 MINUTES: 12 SECONDS
CURRENT STATUS: N 43° 11’ 21.62” W 52° 18’ 58.61” Compass 94° Waypoint 101° CoG 102°
26 SEPTEMBER 2013 STATS
Elapsed: 33 DAYS: 03 HOURS: 10 MINUTES: 17 SECONDS
CURRENT STATUS: N 43° 5’ 20.8” W 52° 30’ 3.57” Compass 0° Waypoint 101° CoG 318°
25 SEPTEMBER 2013 STATS
Elapsed: 32 DAYS: 03 HOURS: 29 MINUTES: 39 SECONDS
traveled by Scout 1270.87 Velocity
1.9 MI HR
24 SEPTEMBER 2013 STATS
31 DAYS: 01 HOURS: 25 MINUTES: 52 SECONDS
Distance traveled by Scout 1244.34
Velocity 1.7 MI HR
23 SEPTEMBER 2013 STATS
30 DAYS: 14 HOURS: 26 MINUTES: 34 SECONDS
traveled by Scout 1234.83 Velocity 3.3 MI HR
Key to phases of robotic operation
Make sure to visit the Scout website at www.GoTransat.com
The sequence of construction of a boat is often just as interesting as what it achieves during its operational lifetime. The care and attention to detail on Scout is impressive - not least because the team are students, not yet at university level.
LIVE COVERAGE - Watch a WPI student set a world record live on the internet. Scout, a record-setting autonomous boat, was built by Dylan Rodriguez, 14, and a team of talented friends, as they attempt to make the first successful transatlantic crossing by an unmanned vessel.
“It’s been a pretty cool experience thus far,” says Rodriguez, a native of Rhode Island, who is back on the WPI campus for the start of A-Term. “But we’ve got a long way to go. The goal is to reach Spain.”
ANOTHER FAMOUS ATLANTIC PIONEER - SPIRIT Of ST LOUIS
The Spirit of St. Louis (Registration: N-X-211) is the custom-built, single engine, single-seat monoplane that was flown solo by Charles Lindbergh on May 20–21, 1927, on the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris for which Lindbergh won the $25,000 Orteig Prize. Lindbergh took off in the Spirit from Roosevelt Airfield, Garden City (Long Island), New York and landed 33 hours, 30 minutes later at Aéroport Le Bourget in Paris, France, a distance of approximately 3,600 miles (5,800 km). One of the best known aircraft in the world, the Spirit was built by Ryan Airlines in San Diego, California, which at the time was owned and operated by Benjamin Franklin Mahoney who had purchased it from its founder, T. Claude Ryan, in 1926. The pictures above show Charles Lindberg with his steed, James Stewart in a Hollywood movie by the same name, and a model, revealing the giant fuel tank, behind which the aviator sat, unable to see ahead.
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