The Saildrone Surveyor unmanned surface vehicle has completed the mapping of the previously uncharted ocean floors off the Alaska and California coasts.
The sail-, solar-, and diesel-powered drone gathered data via sonar from the ocean’s surface to chart the ocean floor more than four miles down; other instruments gathered sound, ocean, and weather data.
Manufacturer Saildrone said the Surveyor drone is capable of operating in 40-m.p.h. winds and 16-foot swells.
The ocean-mapping project is part of a public-private partnership co-funded by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to define the country's Exclusive Economic Zone, and also to identify Essential Fish Habitats.
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