In the footsteps of the Infante....and an end.
Friday's weather continued to be dismal. Winds at 20 knots off shore and threats to rain effectively closed off the use of UAVs. But weather also inhibited the use of small vessels for AUV deployment. As the morning progressed, it was clear this was another day of being grounded. Lars Lovile of FFI stopped by to say good bye and proposing a deeper collaboration for UAV autonomy using Neptus, DUNE and T-REX.
The team decided to get up and go, to the west coast to see Cape St. Vincent and the western Algarve. Off the team went to Lagos, specifically on the urging of our colleague Manuela Veloso of Carnegie Mellon Univ, who suggested that seeing the Ponta da Piedade and to Sagres itself, the latter the home of one of Portugal's illustrious sons, the Infante Henrique (Henry of Portugal, better knows in the English-speaking world as Henry the Navigator). The team together with visitor Chris Anderson, a science fellow at the US Embassy in Lisbon, saw a wonderful sunset at Cape St. Vincent after a cold and invigorating swim in the beach at Beliche.
With the end of the day, it was also the end of the experiment. with the group wrapping up all the equipment the next day to head back to Porto for the Lessons Learned on Monday 26th.