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Saildrone designs and manufactures wind and solar-powered autonomous surface vehicles called saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible at scale. Working with governments and private companies around the globe, we are building the world’s largest high-resolution ocean datasets, collecting data for fisheries, weather and climate, carbon, metocean, bathymetry, and satellite calibration applications.

Saildrone's patented wing technology was born from 10 years of R&D in pursuit of the land speed record. The company is headquartered in Alameda, CA, and backed by The Schmidt Family Foundation, Social Capital, Capricorn’s Technology Impact Fund, Lux Capital, Exor Seeds, and Horizons Ventures.

Writing About Saildrone

Saildrone (capitalized) refers to the company Saildrone, Inc. and should be capitalized.

The vehicle, saildrone, is written in lower case. Specific saildrones are known by their number, i.e. SD 1020.

Saildrones may also be referred to as unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) or ocean drones.

Quick Facts

  • Saildrones are wind and solar powered
  • A trim tab on the tail adjusts the wing angle to the wind similarto how an elevator trim tab controls the pitch of an aircraft
  • The hull is 7 m (23 ft) long, the wing is 4.5 m (15 ft) tall, the keel draws 1.8 m (6 ft)
  • Saildrone’s current fleet is made up of Generation 5 & 6 saildrones
  • Saildrones are designed for missions of up to 12 months
  • Saildrone USVs navigate autonomously from prescribed waypoint to waypoint while staying within a user-defined safety corridor, though actively supervised by a Saildrone Mission Control operator
  • Saildrone USVs carry approximately 20 science sensors to collect in-situ meteorological and oceanographic data
  • Saildrone USVs are not for sale; Saildrone offers mission-as-a-service (MAAS) and data-as-a-service (DAAS) solutions
  • Saildrone has operated Arctic, Antarctic, Pacific, Atlantic, and coastal missions collecting data related to weather and climate science, carbon uptake, sustainable fisheries management, animal tracking, satellite calibration and validation, oil detection, and bathymetry


Saildrone USV and NOAA research vessel Reuben Lasker under Golden Gate BridgeSaildrone USV in action Pacific Ocean

TED talk

Tropical Pacific mission (KPIX5)

More videos on Saildrone's YouTube channel.

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