Concept of an unmanned battery-powered coaster - REALLY?

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  1. 1J1
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    http://www.ship-technology.com/news...battery-powered-concept-vessel-revolt-4370674

    And an enough telling video: http://www.manufacturing.net/videos/2014/09/revolt-an-unmanned-battery-powered-concept-ship


    Personally I think this is an amazing concept but can it be real, especially regarding the "unmanned" part?
     
  2. permagne
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    Compared to flying drones I suppose ships could be controlled in the same way you controll planes. Human pilots will connect and do part of the mission from a remote location, or when the computer is unable to solve a situation.

    The big difference between planes and ships is that a ship is normally sailing, while a plane i normally on the ground. Maintenance is done while the ship is travelling, in contrast to planes that only performs a mission while flying. This calls for manned ships.
     
  3. kerosene
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    1st red flag is when someone uses unit of power (kw) to describe amount of energy (kwh).

    Crappy 3d graphics illustrations with little real substance stinks too.
     
  4. JSL
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    Check out the 'Collision Regulations'
     
  5. Stumble
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    Collision regulations can be changed. The issue I see is even if you remove the captain from a ship, you still have to leave in place all the maintenance personal to keep it running. Removing one of fifteen people just doesn't make that much of a difference in my eyes to the operational costs.
     
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    Unmanned marine vessels are part of my retirement plan - operating out of Columbia !!!
     
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    Ha... unless your rep is there to load it your ship will arrive mt or if not your retirement will be incarceration at Her Majesties pleasure..... room & board provided........

    Jeff
     
  8. AndySGray
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    Wow, you gotta admire a man that will go to such extreme lengths to ensure a fresh cup of Coffee


    :D:D:p
     
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    Of course, at 2am the computer in charge of running the ship will probably just go to bed and leave a toaster, microwave or some other junior ranked electronic appliance there on watch...
     
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    How bad would you feel having $100,000 of 'coffee' marooned at sea, tangled up in a great lump of drifting fish net or similar garbage - doomed to circle the great southern ocean for 100 years :-(

    With the right gear, at least you could watch it on low definition video :p


    edit: Ps, this is for quite small unmanned ships
     
  11. waikikin
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    Here's a training vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NWxr8lHzMA

    You're going to need a Testarossa & a crocodile as well, here's a platform to get started
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9li4oA8N_I

    & don't forget your linen suit... with what you save on socks retirement will be sweet.
     
  12. SamSam
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    Pirates would probably like them.
    I always wonder, in the push to eliminate people and labor costs from economic schemes, where is the balance point that leaves enough people with paying jobs to have enough money to buy the end product?
     
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    That's assuming the world will continue with the capitalistic economic model. It is based on growth, which eventually will have to end. It is time we re-evaluate and look for alternatives.
     
  14. rwatson
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    About the level of most "3rd World" countries. But its already here for most "1st world" countries

    In the US, 42.6 percent of children still live in families who are poor or near-poor, which means they are struggling economically. The rate of child poverty in the United States is higher than it is in other countries—for example, the UK rate 12.1 percent, and in France it’s 8.8 percent.

    http://news.yahoo.com/us-losing-generation-poverty-094500940--politics.html


    Gonzo is re-iterating a point of view that is fast becoming obvious to the majority of thinking people.

    Cuba may be an interesting model to observe. Forced into poverty by the US embargoes, it has developed some interesting concepts. Doctors aren't paid much more than other professions, and their health services are better than some US states.
     

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    The model there is that the Doctor is paid while you are healthy, but not paid while you are ill.

    A Cuban Doctor is well off if 99 percent of his patients are fit and healthy.

    An American Doctor is well off if 99 percent of his patients are ill.

    There seems to be a compelling arguement to the former model...
     
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