You have permission to edit this collection.
Edit
Photos: 400 years later, a new Mayflower will sail without humans
editor's pick

Photos: 400 years later, a new Mayflower will sail without humans

The Mayflower is taking to the water in Plymouth harbor.

It’s not the ship that left this southwest England port 400 years ago carrying Pilgrim settlers to America. The sleek vessel being readied Tuesday for its official launch has no passengers, no crew — but like its predecessor, an ambitious mission.

The 50-foot (15-meter) trimaran has “no one on board, no captain, no place to eat, no place to sleep,” said Brett Phaneuf, co-director of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project. “It’s sophisticated artificial intelligence that will captain the ship across the ocean.”

Read the full story online. 

Tags

Related to this collection

Most Popular

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News