They're off!

The last engineering sign-off happened the night before last and yesterday morning the PacX wavegliders headed out of Monterey Bay for Hawaii. They'll be collecting piles of data along the way. Every now and then they will pause to do a few laps around mid-ocean buoys to get sensor correlations. It's been somewhat cloudy, so we've had to turn some instruments off to save power. This won't be a quick passage to Hawaii: they travel at about the speed of a pleasant stroll. Think of someone walking to Hawaii… 24 hours a day, without pausing. Here's a map of their progress:

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December 14, 2011