We started our open-source (MIT licence) autonomous sailing robot project at University of Southampton. Our ultimate goal is to design a long-persistent ocean observation platform powered by renewable energy. This platform will help us collect data from ocean and have a much better understanding of our ocean environment.
And of course, our autonomous system was build on top of ROS, here is the our source repository:
And this year, we are still improving our sailing platform in many ways:
1. Improve waterproof capability (seawater is a really nightmare to all electronics)
2. Develop/ integrate new path planning algorithm(s)
3. Get better sensors (wind sensor, GPS, IMU) for our boat