Navigating an ocean of data, delivering a world of possibility

Saildrone is made up of hardworking, passionate people, dedicated to making a difference in the future of our oceans.

Our vision is of a healthy ocean, and a safe, sustainable planet.

Humanity has been observing Earth’s oceans for centuries, but we’ve barely reached the depths of all there is to know—how hurricanes intensify, how a change in sea surface temperature affects weather on land, how the shape of the ocean floor affects the distribution of heat around the planet, and so much more. The oceans are the final frontier of exploration on Earth.

Saildrone’s measurements and observations, from above and below the ocean surface, provide intelligence and insight for challenges from maritime defense and seafloor mapping to earth system processes such as weather forecasting, carbon cycling, and sustainable fisheries management. Powered by renewable wind and solar energy with a low operational carbon footprint, we deliver critical data from the most remote areas of the ocean in near-real-time and at scale.

The company is headquartered in Alameda, CA, and backed by BOND, XN, Standard Investments, Emerson Collective, Crowley Maritime Corporation, Capricorn’s Technology Impact Fund, Lux Capital, Social Capital, Tribe Capital, The Schmidt Family Foundation, and Exor Seeds.

Our History

Proven Reliability & Scalability

Saildrone fleet
2023
Voyager class
First Class certificate issued for USV to Saildrone Voyager
Saildrone fleet
2023
1M nm
Saildrone fleet surpasses 1,000,000 nm sailed and 32,000 days at sea
Saildrone fleet
2023
Voyager introduced
Voyager introduced for defense and coastal mapping
Defense configured saildrone
2022
TF59 start
US Navy integration
Massive wave during a hurricane
2021
hurricane sam
World first video captured inside a Category 4 hurricane at sea
Surveyor saildrone
2021
Surveyor launch
Surveyor operational for deep ocean mapping
Saildrone with short hurricane wing
2020
hurricane wing
Modified wing introduced for extreme weather conditions
Saildrones with Diamondhead in the background
2020
USCG demo
Demonstration of MDA capabilities for US Coast Guard
Saildrone USV in the Solent
2019
1021 atlantic
First USV to cross the Atlantic in both directions
2019
gom shipwreck
Multibeam integration discovers shipwreck in Gulf of Mexico
Saildrone in Southern Ocean
2019
Antarctic circumnav
Saildrone completes first autonomous Antarctic circumnavigation
Saildrone Explorer with engine
2018
Engine prototype
Incorporation of engine, radar, and acoustics
Saildrone mission tracks to equator
2017
TPOS launch
First annual mission to the equator for long-term weather forecasting
Saildrone Explorer in stormy ocean conditions
2016
Arctic 2016
Toughened for Arctic operations
2015
Arctic 2015
Climate quality data validation in Bering Sea
2014
Sensor integration
Sensor integration with NOAA
unmanned surface vehicle in ocean
2013
honey badger
Saildrone's first ocean crossing: proof of concept
Greenbird land yacht in desert
2009
greenbird
Patented wing technology developed in pursuit of the world land speed record
Executive Team

You’re in Good Hands

Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
Founder & CEO
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Barak Ben-Gal
Barak Ben-Gal
CFO
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Mark Cuyler
Mark Cuyler
COO
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Brian Hernacki
Brian Hernacki
CTO
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Tom Alexander
Tom Alexander
SVP GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
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Brian Connon
Brian Connon
VP OCEAN MAPPING
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Robbie Dean
Robbie Dean
VP OPERATIONS
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Jaret Deprin
Jaret Deprin
VP TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
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Alli Goldenberg
Alli Goldenberg
VP PEOPLE
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Steven Holmes
Steven Holmes
SVP HARDWARE
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Andrew Kirkpatrick
Andrew Kirkpatrick
VP Legal
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John Malone
John Malone
VP Production
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Diego Noto
Diego Noto
VP FINANCE
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Kimberly Sparling
Kimberly Sparling
VP PRODUCT Management
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Jim Thomason
Jim Thomason
SVP Product Strategy
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Blythe Towal
Blythe Towal
VP SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
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Hans Vreeland
Hans Vreeland
VP ASSEMBLY, SERVICE & QUALITY
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Awards and Recognition

Saildrone has been recognized repeatedly for maritime innovation, cutting-edge data software, and operational excellence.

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