June sea trial. Photo/Scout:The Autonomous Transatlantic Robot

EastBayRI.com: Any day now, when the final few glitches are ironed out (there are always a few more of those), a tiny boat will putter away from Fogland toward the open Atlantic.

With nobody aboard and only the sun to power its electric motor and systems, the boat named Scout will hang a left somewhere out beyond Sakonnet Point and follow a programmed course east toward Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain, the place from which Columbus set forth on one of his voyages of exploration.

“It’s going to happen, this time we mean it,” said Dylan Rodriguez, in whose Tiverton garage Scout — the many versions of Scout — took shape and grew over the past 3 summers.

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