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METASail – A Tool for Planning, Supervision and Analysis of Robotic Sailboat Missions

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Robotic sailing is a relatively new technology with notable developments in the last few years. The ability to operate with very low energy requirements enables the potential for undertaking extremely long missions on the ocean, relying only on renewable energy sources for powering the control and communication systems, and the electric actuators. To be effective for wide acceptance in ocean sampling applications, robotic sailboats must be able to complement the endurance proficiency with adequate mechanisms and support tools for an easy setup and utilization by end users, who are often not aware of the supporting robotic technologies. In this paper we present METASail (Mission Emulation, Tracking and Analysis for Sailing robots), an interactive tool for assisting the planning, supervision and analysis of missions performed by the autonomous sailing boat FASt.


  • Underwater Autonomous Vehicle
  • Absolute Point
  • Navigation Pattern
  • Underwater Glider
  • Marine Vehicle

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This work is financed by the ERDF European Regional Development Fund through the COMPETE Programme (operational programme for competitiveness) and by National Funds through the FCT Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) within project FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-037281.

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Alves, J.C., Cruz, N.A. (2015). METASail – A Tool for Planning, Supervision and Analysis of Robotic Sailboat Missions. In: Morgan, F., Tynan, D. (eds) Robotic Sailing 2014. Springer, Cham.

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