After a year and a half spent drifting at sea, a self-navigating robotic sailboat built by University of British Columbia students has been rescued off the coast of Florida by a US research vessel. UBC students launched the “sailbot”—called Ada after the first computer scientist—off the Newfoundland coast in August 2016, hoping that the boat would be the first of its kind to cross the Atlantic without human assistance. But the boat was damaged in a storm and the students lost track of its location. A UBC release reports that despite the setback, the boat did manage to set the record for longest distance autonomously sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Efforts are now underway to bring the boat back to BC.
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