This Ada blog and its photos is by Jennifer Miksis-Olds, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, University of New Hampshire.
Late this morning, the R/V Armstrong spotted a disabled autonomous surface vehicle far off the coast of Florida. Upon approach, the name of the vessel , Ada, was visible on the stern. We quickly learned from an internet search that this vessel was an autonomous sailboat from the University of British Columbia http://news.ubc.ca/2016/07/15/ubc-students-unveil-self-navigating-atlantic-sailboat/ launched last year on a trip across the Atlantic. Somewhere along the way it became disabled and lost its sail. SailBot Ada was recovered by the ship's crew and is now safely strapped down on deck for the remainder of the ADEON cruise. It will return to port in Woods Hole, MA at the end of the ADEON cruise on Dec 15.