Solar-powered Mayflower in the Works

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August 21, 2015

A solar-powered ship is planned for a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrims’ voyage. The new ship would also be called Mayflower.

Scientists at Plymouth University, in Devon, England, are working on a vessel titled the Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship (MARS). Construction has not begun, so it’s not clear just yet how long the voyage will take. (The 1620 voyage took two months.)

The project’s designers are insisting that the ship be powered by renewable energy, in this case wind, water, and the Sun. Onboard experimens are also planned.

The project is still in the design phase, and estimates for a price tag are in the multiple of millions of dollars. Some funding has been secured. A tentative timeline for construction estimates 2.5 years to completion.

The A in the name of the ship means that no people will be aboard. The project designers think that the success of the mission would be the first unmanned ship to cross the Atlantic.

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