Your Ocean Data Mission, Delivered

A fully managed ocean data service to keep you in control—powered by Saildrone

Plan Your Mission

A Dedicated Fleet for Your Ocean Data Needs

Saildrone's Mission-as-a-Service provides users with a dedicated fleet of USVs to cost-effectively collect scientifically validated oceanic and atmospheric observations over extensive areas and extended periods of time.

A single mission can cover tens of thousands of miles and last up to 12 months. Each vehicle follows a user-defined mission plan, navigating autonomously from waypoint to waypoint without requiring any ship time.

The Saildrone core sensor suite can be enhanced with optional specialized sensors to address a wide variety of mission objectives.

Metocean
Improve forecasting
or satellite cal/val

core sensors
+
ADCP
radiometers


Fish biomass
Manage sustainable fisheries

core sensors
+
echo-sounder
Carbon
Measure ocean acidification

core sensors
+
pCO2
pH

Oil detection
Detect and track oil seeps and spills

core sensors
+
oil detector
echo-sounder
Animal tracking
Track tagged fish
and mammals

core sensors
+
acoustic tag receiver
hydrophone
Data relay
Harvest data from seabed sensors

core sensors
+
acoustic modem
long range radio

Traffic monitoring
Monitor illegal traffic around sanctuaries

core sensors
+
AIS
smart cameras
Bathymetry
Accurate charting
for safe navigation

core sensors
+
multi-beam
sound velocity profile

A Fully Managed Mission Service

Saildrone handles missions as a fully managed service from launch and transit to the area of operations to final delivery of high-resolution data.

SAILDRONE MISSION-AS-A-SERVICE

No upfront investment

The vehicles themselves are not for sale. Instead, Saildrone offers mission data delivery through a mission-as-a-service model for a fixed daily rate without burdening the user with the cost of vehicle manufacturing—users stay focused on scientific data processing while remaining in control of their mission.

Dedicated mission control

Saildrone operates a 24/7 mission control at our headquarters in Alameda, CA, where trained operators handle every aspect of mission management, from local permitting to route setting, advanced weather forecasting, and issue troubleshooting—all while in constant communication with our users.

Real-Time Mission Portal

Saildrone provides real-time tracking, data access, and control of a user’s fleet via a secure web portal with advanced collaboration features.

On-the-fly analysis

The Saildrone mission portal provides a variety of tools—mission-specific overlays of satellite products, model GRIB files, and ingestion of other assets such as ships, buoys, tagged animals, or other autonomous platforms—for on-the-fly mission analysis.

Adaptive sampling

Observed an interesting feature? Users can update the route planning of any mission with point-and-click ease using precise waypoint management. Routes can be edited collaboratively, saved in libraries, and sent to mission control for vehicle re-tasking.

Email-free collaboration

The Saildrone mission portal offers advanced collaboration tools and permissioning, making large-scale mission collaboration efficient and email-free. All communication is threaded, easy to follow, and offers users the ability to upload files or tag interesting data features.

Your data, your way

In addition to daily data distribution in NetCDF format, any real-time data can is easily exported in a variety of formats for on the fly for offline analysis in popular tools such as MATLAB or R.

A Collection of Regional Fleets

The current fleet of Saildrone USVs is comprised of a collection of regional fleets deploying vehicles from a local operating hub (e.g., Dutch Harbor, AK, for US Arctic operations), based on science priorities and community input.

Plan Your Own Saildrone Mission

Interested in exploring how unmanned technologies can help you collect high-quality ocean data?

Tell us about your mission objectives and start planning your own data collection mission today! We'll be happy to assist along the way.

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