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The Wave Glider, a surface unmanned autonomous marine robot (glider) under design of Derek and Roger Hine, represents an innovative approach to ocean persistent presence. It harnesses ocean wave energy to provide essentially limitless propulsion while solar panels continually replenish the batteries used to power the Wave Glider’s control electronics and payload systems. The vehicle is propelled by the purely mechanical conversion of ocean wave energy into forward thrust, independent of wave direction. The Wave Glider (marketed by Liquid Robotics) employs a multi-patented design that allows it to cost-effectively collect and transmit data gathered during yearlong missions, over distances of thousands of miles, or while holding station.

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