The Pacific Ocean has seen its fair share of records broken, and for today, we will celebrate swimming robots that are made out of a couple of parts, where they propelled themselves to a new world distance record without requiring a single drop of fuel. This quartet of robots managed to swim for over 3,200 nautical miles (5,926km) across the Pacific Ocean without missing a beat. The main reason for doing so? They are part of a project that intends to gather additional information concerning the composition and quality of sea water. Liquid Robotics is the company behind the PacX Wave Gliders, where the first leg of this record breaking journey took four months to complete.
The previous Guinness World Record for the longest distance covered at sea by an unmanned device stood at 2,500 nautical miles (4,630km), so to touch 700 more nautical miles is definitely an achievement worth trumpeting about.RELATED