Oct 26 2015

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European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNA) winner announced

European Satellite Navigation Competition Awards Maritime Rescue Drone As The Overall Winner. POSEIDRON is a remotely-piloted aircraft that uses positioning data and infrared sensors to search for people at sea. It can also carry a dingy to drop to people so they have a boat to wait in while rescue comes.

That the team was from Valencia, Spain brings back good memories. I spent Christmas in Valencia in 1993 with a bunch of Brits (so I got to experience my first Boxing Day as well). It was one of the best weeks of my life.

Anyways…this would be a godsend for anyone who spends a lot of time at sea. Potential markets would be cruise and shipping lines, and whatever the equivalent of the Coast Guard is in other nations’ navies. The article says that it could save illegal immigrants that are lost at sea during a shipwreck…but I doubt that those vessels will be outfitted with a POSEIDRON. Just sayin’.

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