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Self-propelled robotic boat designed by students

Students design self-propelled robotic boat

Students from Zurich have developed an unmanned boat called Avalon that can navigate the seas on its own steam. The mechanical engineering students from ETH Zurich are confident that they can overcome the initial glitch that could mar the functionality of this new and unique design.

Avalon, the boat, made its first voyage in Lake Zurich but landed on sandbank. However, the creators are confident they can do it.

Hendrik Erckens, who heads the project together with Gion-Andri B, said: “We believe that this will give us a crucial advantage over many of the other contenders in the International Microtransat Challenge.”

It has been reported that the boat may be entering in the Challenge 2009, where it is supposed to sail from the west coast of Ireland to the Caribbean entirely on its own, which means a total distance of 7,000 km.

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