National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


USV Completes First Autonomous Circumnavigation of Antarctica

A 7m (23ft) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. Known as SD 1020 and equipped with a suite of science-grade sensors, the vehicle collected data in previously uncharted waters, enabling new key insights into ocean and climate processes. Adrienne Sutton is quoted. 



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