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Technology Innovation Enables Ocean Science When Ships Can’t Sail
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Saildrone is one of several innovative technologies that have allowed NOAA to continue its applied science mission during the COVID-19 pandemic—and will help to transform ocean exploration in the years to come.

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Saildrone Launches 72-foot Surveyor, Revolutionizing Ocean Seabed Mapping
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The new Saildrone Surveyor is the world’s most advanced uncrewed surface vehicle, equipped with an array of acoustic instruments for high-resolution shallow and deep-water mapping.

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Winter Storm Chasing to Improve Extreme Weather Forecasts
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Saildrone has deployed a vehicle with a specially designed wing to chase hurricane-strength winter storms in the North Pacific.

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Saildrone Wraps Up Successful MDA Demonstration for USCG
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The USCG is examining the feasibility, costs, and benefits of using low-cost autonomous vehicles to provide persistent maritime domain awareness in remote areas of the ocean.

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Combating IUU Fishing with Autonomous Vehicles
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Week 4: Saildrone is demonstrating how USVs could be a cost-effective solution for monitoring illegal fishing activity in remote areas of the ocean.

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The United States Coast Guard and the Role of Autonomy at Sea
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Week 3: We spoke to USCG Commander D. Blair Sweigart about the Coast Guard’s mission, how autonomy could improve mission performance, and Saildrone’s demonstration of MDA capabilities in Hawaii.

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AI/ML Will Automate Maritime Domain Awareness
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Week 2: The Saildrone MDA solution is made up of a specially built camera array and advanced onboard artificial intelligence and machine learning software.

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Saildrone Begins Demo of Autonomous MDA Capabilities for USCG
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Week 1: A fleet of six saildrones was launched from Honolulu to demonstrate how artificial intelligence and machine learning could be used to support the US Coast Guard mission.

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Eyes and Ears at Sea: US Coast Guard to Test Saildrone Autonomous MDA Capabilities
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Saildrone is using a specially built camera system and advanced acoustic technology combined with machine learning to identify activity at sea.

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Saildrone In Situ Observation: A Single Platform with a Multi-Purpose
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Saildrone USVs have proven to be a valuable tool in a multiplatform observation network, but they can also achieve a variety of mission objectives simultaneously, saving money and resources.

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Autonomous Vehicles for Cost-Effective Global Ocean Mapping
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Saildrone USVs can not only significantly reduce the cost of ocean mapping at scale, but they can also more easily and efficiently reach the most remote corners of the ocean.

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Behind the Scenes: A Closer Look at Saildrone Mission Management
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Saildrone USVs are operated on a mission-as-a-service model and monitored from Saildrone Mission Control in Alameda, CA.

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Shipwreck Discovered During Proof-of-Concept Multibeam Bathymetry Mission
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Saildrone partnered with the University of Southern Mississippi and NOAA to complete our first shallow-water multibeam bathymetry mission in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Saildrone Completes Fastest Atlantic Crossing by Unmanned Vehicle
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After suffering damage in a Gulf Stream storm, SD 1021 received a new wing in Bermuda and set out for the Solent on a mission to complete the fastest unmanned Atlantic crossing.

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NASA’s SPURS-2 Comparison Measurements Demonstrate Saildrone Capabilities
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Saildrone-ship-buoy comparisons were a key objective during NASA’s SPURS-2 field campaign, as highlighted by a paper published in a special issue of Oceanography.

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Pacific Mission Demonstrates USV Capability to Detect Oil Spills
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The Saildrone USV equipped with a ROW sensor is the first platform capable of long-range autonomous oil spill detection in marine environments.

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Measuring Wave Height in the Southern Ocean
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Waves play a critical role in the health of the world ocean ecosystem.

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How Do You Measure Current with Sound?
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During the 2019 Antarctic Circumnavigation, Saildrone is taking critical measurements of Earth’s only circumpolar current.

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Saildrone at the Exploratorium for Ocean Discovery Month
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Watch Saildrone COO Sebastien de Halleux in an Ocean Discovery Talk about how USVs are collecting valuable data in remote and dangerous parts of the ocean.

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How a Fleet of Wind-Powered Ocean Drones Is Changing Our Understanding of the Oceans
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Learn how wind and solar-powered saildrones are collecting data at sea in unprecedented detail.

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What Is a Saildrone and How Does It Work?
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A saildrone is an autonomous vehicle designed for up to 12-month ocean data collection missions to monitor the planet in real time.

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How the Saildrone Wing Was Born
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The saildrone's patented wing design enables the USV to cross oceans while only consuming a few watts of electricity—but the wing was originally born on land.

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