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2013-07-10. 'Scout,' Robotic Solar Boat, On Transatlantic Voyage Thanks To Group Of College Students.

posted Jul 15, 2013, 9:05 AM by Alan Gould
For GSS Eenrgy Use chapter 9. Excerpt:  ...The vessel Scout was launched from just off Sakonnet Point, R.I., in the early morning hours of July Fourth. Last time we checked – Saturday morning – the 12.8-foot-long, 25-inch-wide boat had hop-scotched 72 miles from waypoint to waypoint to a spot 49 miles off the Rhode Island coast. That left Scout a mere, oh, 3,389 miles to go to reach its destination, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain, where 515 years ago a guy named Columbus began his own transatlantic voyage. ...The entirely solar-powered Scout is following a preprogrammed route.... A couple of things make this project especially cool: First, while the project has sponsors and supporters, it is not affiliated with a company or university. It’s just a group of college guys bringing diverse design, building and engineering skills together to make something cool happen. ...The second cool thing here: Scout was built from scratch. You can see how the whole process unfolded, beginning in April 2012, on the website, from a design for a hull, to building the form, to constructing the different aspects of the carbon fiber hull. And then there were the long hours of programming – two weeks of 15-hours-a-day crunching..... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/10/scout-robotic-solar-boat_n_3575669.html. Pete Danko, Huffington Post.