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Oil spilled moves downwind : we are sailing upwind to capture it. Protei is an ocean cleaning and research open hardware drone.
Oil spilled moves downwind : we are sailing upwind to capture it. Protei is an ocean cleaning and research open hardware drone.
331 backers pledged $33,795 to help bring this project to life.

Protei 5.1 sailing by Rotterdam bridge and $20'000+ backed!

A week ago, we floated Protei 5.1 in Rotterdam by the famous bridge !!! That was quite an experience !

We gave a nickname to this yet undocumented version : Protei "Alien" 5.1, after we took this picture :

 

Protei 5.1 is the baby of Piem Wirtz, Etienne Gernez, Henrik Rudstrom and Cesar Harada, all built for about $150 at the V2_ in Rotterdam, NL. 

 

Protei 5.1 isn't a truly functionnal prototype, but enabled us to :

  • - Combine Inflatable AND articulated hull (Protei 002 + 003).
  • - Test new Materials.
  • - Enhance a more compact version of the command box with suspended servos.
  • - Enhance the transmission cable path.
  • - Give a preview to the $400 backer of the type of Protei they will get.
  • It was great fun, we learnt a lot again but overall Protei 5.1 will be very useful for the whole Protei team coming this summer in Rotterdam to build the full-scale Prototype Kickstarter was set up for. Thanks to your help!

    If you want to stay updated with the progress of Protei, we recommend you to also join the Open_Sailing Facebook group :) You can also join the internal email newswire - just write to contact{at}protei.org. 

    Just as a reminder : there is only 5 days left to back Protei on Kickstarter and we still need about $7000. Spread the world our short URL : "http://kickstarter.protei.org". Thanks! 

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      1. Cesar Harada Creator on May 8, 2011

        Protei005.1 has its version page finally !
        https://sites.google.com/a/opensailing.net/protei/v/005-1
        Sorry for delay !