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New to Sailnet - Near Midway islands?

Greetings all –
Need some help from Sailnet members!!! As a long time mariner I have lurked this group and seen great support out here, I hope you can help me as well.

Wave powered vehicles are what Liquid Robotics (liquidr.com) is about, and I have responsibility for deploying our Wave Gliders all around the globe. Our autonomous surface vehicles are powered by the energy in the ocean’s waves, and we carry a full array of oceanographic instrumentation which are typically powered by onboard solar panels. We are performing exciting scientific and commercial missions to collect data and travel via remote piloting through satellite based communications.

I’m writing Sailnet to reach out to people that may be in or near the Midway Islands. We are in need of someone that could consider a diversion to possibly recover one of our vehicle that is struggling. Located ~1600nm west of Honolulu and ~500nm east of Wake Island and ~540nm SW of Midway Island, the vehicle is not responding to our rudder controls.

The Wave Glider is a two-part vehicle, a 7-foot float resembling a surfboard, tethered to a glider wing rack, via a 7-meter umbilical. Each part of the vehicle weighs 100-20 pounds in air (about 250 lbs total); I will attach pictures once I can; take a look at our website for some great photos and video (sorry for the shameless plug, but it is exciting technology which will help us all to understand the oceans).

If you know of anyone passing in, through, or about this location, we are interested to discuss possibilities and some funding for a divergence.
Thanks in advance to all!
Keith

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