US tech firm unveils 22-metre wind- and solar-powered unmanned vessel

US-based Saildrone has launched a 22-metre example of its uncrewed surface vehicle series.

Powered by wind and solar energy, the vessel is designed to be capable of extreme-duration missions of up to 12 months in the open ocean.

This latest and largest version, the first in a new class of USVs, carries sonar equipment capable of seafloor mapping down to 7,000 metres.

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