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No Sailors Needed: Robot Sailboats Scour the Oceans for Data

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Saildrone boat

A Saildrone boat being carried back to its hangar in Alameda, Calif. The self-sailing vessel can gather research data much more cheaply than ships with crews.

Credit: Jason Henry for The New York Times

Two robotic sailboats trace lawn-mower-style paths across the violent surface of the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska.

From The New York Times
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