Scout – Silence is not Golden


No word from Scout since Saturday… Here’s the last update:

42.623199, -51.55072
Date/Time: 9/28/2013 1:17:30 PM
Speed: 2.5
Compass: 100
Waypoint Bearing: 100
Course Over Water: 143
Battery Box Temp: 0
Water Temp: 0
Internal Temp: 27
Voltage: 65279
Distance Since Last Packet: 1115.91 Meters
20 Minute Speed(based on distance traveled): 2.08 mph

According to Dylan Rodriguez, the team is concerned, but attempting to reestablish contact with Scout by activating the backup Iridium system.  If that is successful, then Scout should be back online Tuesday (10/1/2013).   If it does not, then….

Communications is a separate system from the navigation and motor systems, so Scout could still be moving on target for Spain.  Or she could have gone dark and be non-functional, floating aimlessly near the grave of the Titanic.

If this is the end of this iteration of Scout (Scout 5), here’s Dylan’s take.  “I’m sure that I speak for all of the Scout guys, when I say that we’re all proud of the project, even if it ends here… Although there might need to be a Scout 6 or 7 or 8…”

He says further “In any case, 1000 miles has been a great achievement…”

Stay tuned for further updates on Tuesday! presents Frank Page creator of Bob the Squirrel!

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Scout Team Interview – Audio Only Podcast

I’ve just released the audio only version of the Hangout so that folks can listed to the podcast in the car, while at work, or whenever!

You can check out scout at

Thanks again to the everyone who attended, and for listening to

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