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Saildrone Ramps Up Maritime Security Capabilities with Key Hires from Navy, Coast Guard
Company

Illegal fishing, drug interdiction, counter-piracy, and asset protection are just some of the applications for Saildrone’s autonomous maritime security solutions.

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How Ocean Drones Can Help Enable Renewable Energy
Technology

The need for renewable energy sources is at an all-time high. Saildrone’s low-carbon, wind-powered ocean drones can help make new offshore wind farms a reality.

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David E. Shaw Brings Extensive Science & Conservation Experience to Saildrone's Ocean Advisory Board
Company

The founder of the Sargasso Sea Alliance and Aspen High Seas Initiative and member of Ocean Elders will help Saildrone achieve its mission to sustainably explore, map, and monitor the ocean.

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Saildrone Launches First Freshwater Mission in the Great Lakes
Missions

Two Saildrone Explorers were deployed from Macatawa, MI, to collect fisheries data in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron on behalf of the USGS Great Lakes Science Center.

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Saildrone Surveyor Completes Its First Ocean Crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii
Missions

Following this successful proof of concept voyage, Saildrone will build a fleet of Surveyors, manufactured at US shipyards, to map Earth’s oceans in the next 10 years.

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Sailing into the Eye of the Storm
Missions

In partnership with NOAA, Saildrone is going storm chasing in the Tropical Atlantic to collect data where it’s never been collected before—inside a hurricane.

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Ocean Drone Makes Landfall in Australia after 718 Days Sailing the Southern Ocean
Missions

SD 1023 was one of three saildrones deployed as part of the 2019 Antarctic Circumnavigation that sought new scientific insights in the Southern Ocean.

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Andy Ziegwied Joins Saildrone as VP of Ocean Data
Company

Andy Ziegwied brings over 20 years of experience supporting oceanographic data collection and uncrewed platforms to lead Saildrone’s Ocean Data division.

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Saildrone to Launch Transformative Gulf Stream Mission
Science

Funded in part by a grant of more than €1m from Google.org, the 12-month mission is expected to yield extraordinary insights into the impact of the Gulf Stream on weather forecasting and global carbon models.

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NASA Study Finds Close Correlation Between Satellite & Saildrone In Situ Data
Data

Data collected by a fleet of saildrones deployed to the Arctic is being used to validate satellite remote sensing and help develop machine learning tools to estimate air-sea heat exchange.

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Technology Innovation Enables Ocean Science When Ships Can’t Sail
Technology

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
Technology

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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USVs Complete Milestone Alaska Fisheries Survey
Data

Data collected by a fleet of Saildrone unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) will inform this year’s Alaska pollock fish stock assessment.

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The Case for a Global Ocean Carbon Observation Network
Science

Saildrone is seeking impact partners to operationalize its USV platform for the benefit of humankind.

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Brian Connon Joins Saildrone as VP of Ocean Mapping
Company

The former director of the USM Hydrographic Science Research Center, Brian Connon will lead Saildrone’s Ocean Mapping division.

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Saildrone Joins Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Company

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership brings together the leading ocean science and technology institutions to advance ocean research, innovation, education, and policy.

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Winter Storm Chasing to Improve Extreme Weather Forecasts
Technology

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
Technology

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
Technology

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
Technology

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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A Shark, a Turtle, and a Saildrone Cross the Pacific...
Company

To celebrate NOAA’s 50th anniversary, artist and conservationist Jim Toomey took his characters on a NOAA-themed adventure.

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Machine Learning Will Automate Maritime Domain Awareness
Technology

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
Technology

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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Saildrone Fleet Completes First Arctic Mapping Mission
Missions

Four saildrones sailed 8,000 nautical miles round trip from San Francisco to the Canadian border to collect bathymetry data off Alaska’s North Slope.

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Anne Hale Miglarese to Lead Impact Science Program at Saildrone
Company

The founder of the Radiant Earth Foundation and former president and CEO of PlanetIQ, will work to develop the partnerships required to address some of the planet’s biggest challenges.

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Saildrone Hires Barak Ben-Gal as CFO to Scale Ocean Drone Data Solutions
Company

Barak Ben-Gal, formerly of Sunrun and Symphony Talent, will build the G&A organization necessary to enable growth.

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Environmental Changes in the Arctic Put Pressure on Fisheries Data Collection and Management
Science

Saildrone USVs enabled the Alaska Fisheries Science Center to perform the 2020 Alaska pollock survey during a time of considerable environmental and civic uncertainty.

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Ocean Mapping Mission Starts Off Alaska’s North Slope
Missions

Saildrone’s Arctic fleet has begun to map the 20-meter and 50-meter contour lines from Point Hope to the Canadian border.

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Atlantic to Med: An Historic 5,000+ Nautical Mile Voyage for Science
Missions

Two autonomous wind-powered vehicles sailed from Cabo Verde to Trieste, Italy, demonstrating how fit-for-purpose technology can be used to increase ocean observation.

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Tropical Atlantic Mission Wraps Up After 6 Months at Sea
Missions

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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How Barometric Pressure over the Ocean Affects Weather on Land
Forecast

Barometric pressure over the ocean is vital to weather prediction on land. The Saildrone Forecast weather app for iOS now includes global air pressure as an animated overlay.

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Autonomous Alaska Pollock Survey Begins in the Bering Sea
Missions

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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Autonomous Surface and Subsurface Vehicles Work Together to Observe CO2 Exchange in the Adriatic Sea
Science

Data collected by two saildrones and a subsurface glider along a transect between Italy and Croatia will be intercompared with that of the E2M3A ocean station.

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Eyes and Ears at Sea: US Coast Guard to Test Saildrone Autonomous MDA Capabilities
Technology

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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Surveying Volcanic Impacts in the Tyrrhenian Sea
Science

As part of the Atlantic to Mediterranean mission, two saildrones studied CO2 air-sea fluxes due to volcanic activity in the vicinity of the Aeolian Islands.

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Saildrone Joins the Alliance for Digital Innovation
Company

ADI empowers the government to leverage innovative commercial technology to provide modern, secure, and effective digital experiences to its citizens.

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Mapping the Arctic Seafloor Using Autonomous Vehicles
Missions

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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Saildrone to Perform Alaska Pollock Survey Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
Missions

With upcoming ship-based surveys in Alaska canceled due to the global health crisis, NOAA Fisheries has turned to Saildrone to collect data to support the sustainable management of America’s largest fishery.

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Saildrone Data Quality Validated by Peer-Reviewed Papers
Data

To establish confidence in Saildrone fit for purpose data, we have sought out and developed relationships with recognized experts in the fields of meteorology and oceanography.

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Surface and Underwater Autonomous Vehicles Observe Winter Convection and Biogeochemical Impact in the Ligurian Sea
Science

Two saildrones and an underwater glider traveled the Nice-Calvi line to study air-sea carbon flux and demonstrate the potential of autonomous vehicles to extend the capability of fixed-point observatories and remote sensing.

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Saildrone In Situ Observation: A Single Platform with a Multi-Purpose
Technology

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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Studying Tropical Air-Sea Interactions in the Atlantic
Missions

Five saildrones deployed from Barbados observed ocean-atmosphere interactions at the sub-mesoscale improve climate models and weather prediction.

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Access High-Resolution Ocean Data Sets at data.saildrone.com
Data

The Saildrone Data Explorer is designed to make Saildrone data easy to find, download, and use for scientific and educational purposes.

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Saildrones and SOCIB: Extending In Situ Observation in the Balearic Islands
Science

Two saildrones collected oceanographic and biogeochemical data filling observational gaps in a particularly dynamic region of the Western Mediterranean Sea.

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Bring Antarctica to Your (Home) School
Science

Explore the Southern Ocean with your kids—these fun and engaging STEM-oriented lesson plans discuss the incredible aspects of the Antarctic ecosystem and how it affects the rest of the planet. Download for free!

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Saildrone Forecast Takes a Data-Driven Approach to Weather Visualization
Forecast

Saildrone Forecast for iOS is one of only a few weather apps to leverage the power of Apple’s Metal framework to animate global and local weather on one beautiful and accurate map.

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Saildrones Complete First Unmanned Passage of Strait of Gibraltar
Missions

SD 1030 and SD 1053 reverse the path of the ancient mariners, entering the Mediterranean Sea through the Pillars of Hercules.

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Saildrone & NASA: Increasing the Value of Remote Sensing Data
Science

Satellite imagery improves understanding of Earth’s systems, but in situ data is required for calibration, validation, and algorithm development.

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Surveying Commercially Important Fish Stocks in the North Sea
Missions

Two saildrones spent more than 200 days surveying sandeel, saithe, and herring off the coast of Bergen in partnership with Norway’s Institute of Marine Research.

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ESTOC Ocean Station Continues Tradition of Cutting-Edge Technology
Science

The Canary Islands’ ESTOC site is one of nine fixed ocean stations in the Atlantic and Mediterranean where saildrones will collect in situ measurements for cross-calibration and validation.

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Powder Alert?
Forecast

Where snow comes from, and how Saildrone Forecast tracks it.

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Scientists Call for Global Array of Autonomous Vehicles
Science

Quantifying air-sea interaction is key to improving weather prediction.

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Saildrone Atlantic Fleet Studies Tropical Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions
Missions

Five saildrones were deployed from Barbados to join the EUREC4A/ATOMIC project, a massive international effort using air, space, surface, and sub-surface platforms to improve climate models and weather prediction.

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Connecting European Research Infrastructure with Autonomous Vehicles
Science

Two Saildrone USVs will collect in situ measurements at nine fixed ocean stations in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea for cross-calibration and validation.

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Sailing Over the Ice Edge
Missions

The 5th annual Arctic mission, in partnership with NOAA and NASA, took a fleet of saildrones to a new frontier—the Arctic ice edge—to improve sea ice prediction and satellite algorithm development.

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A Fresh Breeze of Innovation for Physical Oceanography in the 2020s
Science

Saildrone Chief Scientist Dr. Eric Lindstrom offers a perspective on the future of physical oceanography and ocean observation over the next decade.

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Building an Ecological Baseline in the Central Pacific Ahead of Deep-Sea Mining
Missions

The 30-day mission supported by a Saildrone Award studies the behavior and environmental influencers of small fishes, squids, and crustaceans in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone.

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Saildrones Work with Ships for 2nd Time During NOAA Fisheries West Coast Surveys
Missions

The 60-day Saildrone effort to assess stocks of Pacific hake and five coastal pelagic species was carried out in two sub-missions extending the full length of the US west coast, from San Diego to Cape Flattery.

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NOPP Grant Creates 3-Way PPP to Advance Ocean Mapping
Company

UNH, MBARI, and Saildrone will work together to advance deepwater ocean bathymetry thanks to a three-year grant from the National Oceanographic Partnership Program.

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Surveying Ocean Eddies: Hot Spots of Biological Productivity
Science

Two Saildrone USVs join the German RV Meteor and other unmanned technologies to study Atlantic Ocean eddies during the #MOSESeddyhunt in the first phase of the 2019 ATL2MED mission.

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Record Number of Crabs Located During First Crustacean Tracking Mission
Missions

Two saildrones equipped with acoustic receivers located 34% of the Alaska red king crabs that were tagged by NOAA Fisheries in June.

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Saildrone Joins Multiplatform MBARI CANON Experiment
Missions

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s annual experiment to investigate the diurnal vertical migration included a Saildrone USV equipped with an echo sounder.

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What It’s Like to Be an Intern at Saildrone
Company

Four high-school and college-age students share a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be a Saildrone intern, plus information about how to apply.

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Saildrone Launches First Atlantic to Mediterranean Mission
Missions

Two Saildrone USVs are sailing from Cabo Verde to Trieste, Italy on a six-month mission to better understand ocean acidification, the global carbon budget, and the socio-economic impacts of a changing ocean ecosystem.

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Saildrone and JAMSTEC: Innovative Data Collection in the Western Pacific
Missions

The first partnership between Japan’s premiere marine-earth science agency and Saildrone included missions to the reference KEO offshore buoy, a study of the Kuroshio Current, and at the site of the Tropical Pacific m-Triton buoy.

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Saildrone USV Completes First Atlantic Crossing East to West
Missions

After setting the record for the fastest unmanned Atlantic crossing, SD 1021 has now completed the return journey, not only beating its own record time but also becoming the first autonomous vehicle to transit in both directions across the Atlantic Ocean.

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NASA’s Eric Lindstrom to Join Saildrone as Chief Scientist
Company

Dr. Eric Lindstrom, Physical Oceanography Program Scientist at NASA, will oversee the new Saildrone Ocean Observing Network.

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Autonomous Vehicles for Cost-Effective Global Ocean Mapping
Technology

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
Technology

Saildrone USVs are operated on a mission-as-a-service model and monitored from Saildrone Mission Control in Alameda, CA.

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Saildrone Joins CENIC’s 100Gbps Advanced Broadband Network as Pilot Partner
Company

The City of Alameda launched the first-of-its-kind pilot project to bring high-capacity network access to Alameda Point research and development companies.

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Saildrone at OceanObs’19
Science

Join one of four USV working groups to participate in the further development of the Saildrone global surface observing network.

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Shipwreck Discovered During Proof-of-Concept Multibeam Bathymetry Mission
Technology

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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Gain a Competitive Advantage on the Water with Saildrone Forecast
Forecast

Saildrone Forecast offers high-definition weather data tailored for competitive and recreational sailing. It’s great for other wind and water sports, too!

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The White Shark Café: Saildrones Augmenting Ship Operations (Video)
Science

Two Saildrone USVs participated in a multidisciplinary effort to understand why great white sharks swim more than 1,300 miles each year to an ocean desert in the North Pacific.

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Saildrone Gulf Stream Data Set Available on EMODnet
Data

Data from the 2019 Gulf Stream mission to quantify wintertime air-sea heat exchange is now available on the European Marine Observation and Data Network.

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Saildrone Completes Fastest Atlantic Crossing by Unmanned Vehicle
Technology

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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Unprecedented In Situ Southern Ocean Data Set Released to the Public
Data

Data from the First Saildrone Antarctic Circumnavigation has been released to the global scientific community on Saildrone’s new data portal, data.saildrone.com, a repository of high-resolution in-situ observations collected by our global fleet of ocean drones.

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Saildrone Completes First Autonomous Circumnavigation of Antarctica
Missions

SD 1020 survived freezing temperatures, 15-meter waves, 130 km/h winds, and collisions with giant icebergs to complete the 22,000-kilometer mission in 196 days.

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Saildrone Forecast Is the Official Weather Sponsor of Cowes Week
Forecast

Competitors at Cowes Week 2019 will have access to Saildrone Forecast, the first weather app powered by data from sailing ocean robots.

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Building a Planetary-Scale Drone Fleet to Monitor the Ocean
Science

Wind and solar-powered autonomous vehicles are helping scientists to answer previously unanswerable questions about Earth’s oceans.

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Tracking Alaska Red King Crabs Using Saildrones
Science

NOAA Fisheries and the Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation have teamed up to track seasonal movements of Alaska red king crab using a Saildrone USV equipped with an acoustic receiver.

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NASA’s SPURS-2 Comparison Measurements Demonstrate Saildrone Capabilities
Technology

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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Autonomous Vehicles Will Be Integral to the Future of Tropical Pacific Observations
Missions

Saildrone USVs have completed a series of missions to test the platform as part of the Tropical Pacific Observation System monitoring El Niño weather events in the Pacific Ocean.

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Pacific Mission Demonstrates USV Capability to Detect Oil Spills
Technology

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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Leveraging New Ocean Data to Create a Better Weather Forecast
Forecast

Forbes puts Saildrone Forecast among an innovative group of products developed by startups revolutionizing how weather is predicted.

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Fleet of 7 Saildrone USVs to Survey US West Coast for NOAA Fisheries
Missions

Two concurrent missions will cover some 2,500 kilometers of coastline from San Diego to Vancouver Island.

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Antarctic Fur Seals As an Indicator of a Changing Ecosystem
Science

Changes in the Antarctic ecosystem could impact the fur seals’ food supply, making foraging harder and in turn affecting the overall health of the population.

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Largest Saildrone Fleet Ever Launches 5th Annual Arctic Mission
Missions

Six saildrones were deployed from Dutch Harbor, AK, to survey ongoing changes in the Arctic ecosystem in partnership with NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Lab and Alaska Fisheries Science Center and NASA.

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Bring Antarctica to Your Classroom with These STEM-Oriented Lessons
Science

Saildrone has partnered with the 1851 Trust to develop a series of data-driven lesson plans on issues related to the 2019 Antarctic Circumnavigation, free for teachers and educators.

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Can You Identify These Antarctic Seabirds?
Science

Penguins are the most famous of Antarctic seabirds, but the region is home to dozens of pelagic species, including albatrosses, petrels, and terns.

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Norway Launches Saildrone USVs in the North Sea for Fisheries Research
Missions

The 2019 Sandeel and Saithe Mission will be the first European test of Saildrone USVs in partnership with Norway’s Institute of Marine Research.

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100 Days in the Southern Ocean
Missions

SD 1020 is more than halfway around Antarctica, well on its way toward completing the first autonomous circumnavigation of the Southern Ocean.

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Measuring Wave Height in the Southern Ocean
Technology

Waves play a critical role in the health of the world ocean ecosystem.

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Is It a Whale? A Dolphin? Or a Shark?
Science

SD 1023 captured this image in the Arctic, sparking a lively discussion among the Saildrone team and our science partners.

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Extending Ship-Based Surveys in the Arctic with Ocean Drones
Missions

A flotilla of saildrones established a new northern record for an autonomous vehicle while measuring CO2 and Arctic cod abundance in the Chukchi Sea.

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How Do You Measure Current with Sound?
Technology

During the 2019 Antarctic Circumnavigation, Saildrone is taking critical measurements of Earth’s only circumpolar current.

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From Seaplanes to Saildrones: Reviving a Former Naval Air Station
Company

Saildrone HQ is located in a former airplane hangar with a storied past—and once was used to film The Matrix Reloaded.

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Using Ocean Drones to Track Fur Seals in the Bering Sea
Missions

How innovative autonomous technology is helping scientists to solve the mystery of northern fur seals disappearing from the remote Pribilof Islands.

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Why It Matters: Carbon Uptake and the Southern Ocean
Science

The Southern Ocean is critical for controlling how much CO2 is in the atmosphere, but as the water absorbs more carbon it becomes more acidic—and that could affect the health of a lot of organisms.

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