Your Ocean Data Mission, Delivered

Mission-as-a-Service: a fully managed ocean data service keeping you in control

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.

Improve forecasting
or satellite cal/val

core sensors

Fish biomass
Manage sustainable fisheries

core sensors
Measure ocean acidification

core sensors

Oil detection
Detect and track oil seeps and spills

core sensors
oil detector
Animal tracking
Track tagged fish
and mammals

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

core sensors
acoustic modem
long range radio

Traffic monitoring
Monitor illegal traffic around sanctuaries

core sensors
smart cameras
Accurate charting
for safe navigation

core sensors
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.


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 wide range of mission objectives

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. Saildrone missions can fulfill a wide range of objectives.

Two saildrones have been collecting data about air-sea interactions in a productive region of the western Tropical Atlantic on behalf of NOAA.

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Three Saildrone USVs have begun a 60-day acoustic survey on behalf of NOAA Fisheries after transiting more than 2,000 nautical miles from San Francisco to the Bering Sea.

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This first-of-its-kind acoustic bathymetry mission will test the ability of Saildrone USVs to map the US exclusive economic zone off Alaska’s North Slope.

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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.