AI-driven robot Mayflower sails back after fault develops - BBC News
|BBC News 19 Jun 2021 at 10:08|
A crewless ship designed to recreate the Mayflower s historic journey across the Atlantic 400 years ago is returning to the UK after developing a fault.
The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) set sail on Tuesday on a 3,500-mile (5,630km) journey from Plymouth in the UK to Massachusetts in the US.
Project bosses said it had "just a minor mechanical issue" which they planned to assess and repair.
The voyage to the US had been expected to take about three weeks.
The 50ft (15m) long solar-powered trimaran is capable of speeds of up to 10 knots (20km/h) and is being navigated by on-board artificial intelligence (AI) with information from six cameras and 50 sensors.