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Wave Glider

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The Wave Glider is an autonomous marine robot designed to gather ocean data. It uses the energy of the waves for propulsion and solar panels to generate power for on-board computing and sensors.

Creator
Liquid Robotics
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2007
Type
Military & Security, Research, Underwater
Creator
Liquid Robotics
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2007
Type
Military & Security, Research, Underwater

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FEATURES
Capable of operating autonomously for months at a time without fuel. System composed of three parts: the float at the surface, 8-meter umbilical line, and a sub under water. Can be equipped with a range of sensors to perform missions for marine science, commercial, and defense applications.
HEIGHT
856 cm | 337 in
LENGTH
305 cm | 120 in
WIDTH
145 cm | 57 in
WEIGHT
155 kg | 341 lb
SPEED
5.5 km/h | 3.4 mph (3 knots, top water speed)

SENSORS
Camera, CTD (conductivity, temperature, and depth) sensor, wave sensor, weather station, fluorometer, hydrophone, acoustic Doppler current profiler sonar, marine acoustics sensors.
ACTUATORS
One stepper motor (to control rudder position).
POWER
Mechanical conversion of wave energy into forward propulsion. On-board electronics and sensors powered via solar panels and batteries.
COMPUTING
Central control unit, plus other processors and controllers based on customer requirements
SOFTWARE
On-board: custom control software. Shore-side software: Web-based system.
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
N/A
MATERIALS
Float made of e-glass pre-preg composite with foam cores. Glider consists of stainless steel frame and fiberglass wings, with a titanium "thrudder."
COST
N/A
STATUS
Ongoing
HISTORY
WEBSITE
https://www.liquid-robotics.com/

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