Australia will use a robot boat to find asylum seekers at sea | Instant News

By David Hambling

Unmanned Bluebottles can operate independently at sea

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Australia is deploying a fleet of unsupervised robots to patrol its waters and monitor the weather and wildlife. They will also mark ships that have the potential to transport asylum seekers, a plan involving human rights groups.

The 5-meter long ship, known as Bluebottles after Australian jellyfish, looks like a miniature sailboat. They use a combination of wind, waves and solar power to maintain a stable 5-node speed in all conditions.

Sydney-based Ocius Technology sent a prototype in 2017 and the Australian Ministry of Defense has now provided AU $ 5.5 million (£ 3 million) …


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