What is it?
Brave Puffin is a small autonomous, solar powered, long range boat. It is 1.8 meters long and weighs 22 kg. Brave Puffin is designed to compete in the annual Microtransat Challenge in the non sailing, fully autonomous class - that is, to cross the Atlantic Ocean by itself.
The boat has been under construction since December 2018, progressing through multiple prototypes and testing phases. You can browse some of the build and test photos here.
In 2019, Puffin went onto a 200 mile round trip test mission that was launched on September 21. While it was not a great success, it became a good story - and the boat got back home!