After launching System 001 in September 2018, and the follow-up System 001/B in June 2019, we will soon conclude this first mission. We have had many learnings from both systems, and, in recent months, we have successfully concentrated and retained plastic by means of the slow down concept that utilizes a parachute anchor.
However, there is still much work to do. With the new learnings and experience gained from the deployment of System 001/B, The Ocean Cleanup will now begin to design its next ocean cleanup system, System 002; a full-scale cleanup system that is able to both endure and retain the collected plastic for long periods of time. Once fully operational, The Ocean Cleanup will return plastic to land for recycling. The timing of that phase of the mission is contingent upon further testing and design iteration.