[757labs] New Project Idea - Mini Wave Glider
snelson at webapper.com
Mon Oct 17 13:12:19 EDT 2011
That is a really neat design. I don't see how this could be done on the
cheap though. Surviving the sea seems like a brutal task.
On a slightly different subject... I wonder if a similar design would work
with a space balloon? If there were a long cable between the balloon and
some sort of weighted kite system, could winds from different altitudes be
converted to horizontal motion?
On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 7:52 PM, Almost_There at COX.Net
<Almost_There at cox.net>wrote:
> 757 Labs - Mini Wave Glider;
> We should make a Mini Wave Glider; a scaled down version of Liquid Robotics
> Autonomous Wave Glider (there's is roughly surfboard size, we should make
> one 1/4 to 1/2 that size.) Simply put, it converts the up/down motion of
> waves to forward thrust (free locomotion.) Liquid Robotics has demonstrated
> long duration missions of over 2500 miles and over 400 days without any
> intervention. We could start small and work our way up, but ultimately have
> it autonomously cruse up & down the east coast (or if we're really brave,
> cross the Atlantic.)
> * Solar power recharges batteries
> * Guided by GPS
> * Reports location and sensor data by APRS
> (You can copy patents, as long as you don't profit from it i.e. free for
> personal use.)
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