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Saildrone completes the first unmanned passage of the Strait of Gibraltar

by Saildrone 9 Mar 09:53 UTC
Saildrone completes the first unmanned passage of the Strait of Gibraltar © Saildrone

At 16:16 UTC, two Saildrone unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) reversed the path of the ancient mariners entering the Mediterranean Sea through the Pillars of Hercules.

SD 1030 and SD 1053 were escorted by a Spanish Armada patrol boat and a research vessel from the University of Cadiz.

The saildrones were deployed from the Canary Islands in October on a six-month mission to survey eddies and air-sea carbon fluxes and perform cross-calibrations with European Research Infrastructure (RI) sites in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Strait of Gibraltar passage is a significant milestone on the 2020 ATL2MED mission.

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