The Papa Mau Wave Glider, arriving in Australia
The Papa Mau being hoisted aboard a support vessel
The Papa Mau's floating and winged platforms, which were much farther apart when the robot was at sea
The Papa Mau being carried ashore
Some hitch-hikers on the Papa Mau's stern
The Papa Mau Wave Glider, being pulled from Australia's Hervey Bay
Last November, a fleet of four small autonomous Wave Glider aquatic robots set out from San Francisco to sail across the Pacific ocean. They reached Hawaii this March, at which point they parted ways – as according to plan, one pair struck out for Japan, while the other two headed for Australia. Today, it was announced that the first of the two Australia-bound Wave Gliders has reached its destination, setting a new world record for the longest distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle.
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