Sea Glider Survives Sandy: A seafaring robot named Mercury, one of many autonomous Wave Gliders designed to record weather data, road out the storm unharmed earlier this week. Floating about 100 miles off the coast of New Jersey, Mercury faced winds exceeding 80 mph. It moves across the surface of the ocean by converting the motions of waves into forward thrust. Suspended below the surface is a winged platform equipped with instruments that also measure salinity, water temperature, wave motion, weather and dissolved oxygen.
"Mercury now joins the fleet of other Wave Gliders that have come through Category I hurricanes to successfully fulfill their missions," Edward Lu, chief of innovative applications for Liquid Robotics told TechNewsDaily. "This is a testament to our robust and reliable technology and proof of its readiness for severe weather data collection."