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Protei on ZDnet !

posted May 5, 2011, 12:10 AM by Cesar Harada
2011 05 03 Protei on ZDnet!

"The Protei oil spill-cleaning robot is designed to sail upwind and collect oil slicks as they drift downwind. The robot uses a long, oil-absorbent tail to collect the spillage, and has a self-righting system to stay afloat in choppy weather.

The project has exceeded its target of $27,500. The money will be used to buy sensors for the next prototype, which will be "the first articulated sailing boat that can tack upwind pulling a long heavy payload and initiating a revolutionary family in ocean robotics".