Approximately 400 years after the original Mayflower transported English settlers to the New World, a solar-powered ship is set to make the same journey — and quite possibly be the first unmanned vessel ever to make the trek.
Dubbed the Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship (MARS), the project is being developed by researchers at Plymouth University. The plan is to sail across the Atlantic Ocean in 2020, assuming the project can cover the multimillion-dollar price tag needed to pull it off. According to Popular Science, it will take approximately two and a half years to actually build the ship.
The ship will be unmanned and solar-powered. The objective is to use the ship as a sailing science laboratory, tasked with conducting experiments and gathering data. To pull off some of those experiments, the craft is set to be equipped with a stable of drones. It’s an ambitious project, and they’re currently raising funds, so here’s hoping they hit the threshold.
The best part? Just check out the ship. The concept art looks insanely cool.
(Via Popular Science)