Logbook

Saildrone enjoys sharing our experiences, industry insights, and learnings. Read our Logbook below to find out what we’ve been up to.

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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Storms Pound the Southern Ocean, SD 1020 Soldiers On
Missions

60+ knot gusts and massive breaking waves? That’s just a typical day in the Southern Ocean.

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Predicting Polar Vortex Events with Ocean Weather Data
Forecast

A fleet of saildrones is collecting data from the Arctic to the Antarctic collecting data to make extreme weather forecasting more accurate and accessible.

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Assessing Fish Abundance on the West Coast in 100 Days
Missions

The 2018 West Coast Fisheries Survey combined the efforts of a NOAA research vessel and a fleet of saildrones to observe and collect data on fish and marine mammals from anchovy to humpback whales.

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120 Years Separate These Two Antarctica Expeditions
Missions

Two centuries after the Belgica expedition became the first to survive a winter in Antarctica, Saildrone launched the first autonomous circumnavigation of the Southern Ocean.

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Saildrone Launches Atlantic Mission to Quantify Ocean Carbon Exchange
Missions

This 30-day mission to study air-sea heat and carbon exchange in the Gulf Stream is made possible by a Saildrone Award.

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What Is a Saildrone, and Why Is It Sailing Around Antarctica?
Missions

The Saildrone Antarctic Circumnavigation, in partnership with the Li Ka Shing Foundation, is the first autonomous circumnavigation of this remote region.

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Daughters of Rosie: Upskilling Women* for Jobs in Manufacturing
Company

Saildrone is proud to partner with Daughters of Rosie to offer new and exciting composite manufacturing career paths that support women—no experience necessary.

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Saildrone Fleet Launches in New Zealand on Epic Journey
Missions

The first autonomous circumnavigation of Antarctica provides an unprecedented opportunity to bring this remote marine environment to the classroom.

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What Chinstrap Penguins Tell Us About the Health of the Antarctic Ecosystem
Science

Saildrones will attempt to track and study the behavior of chinstrap penguins tagged with GPS locators during the 2019 Antarctic Circumnavigation mission.

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Can a Wind-Powered Ocean Drone Circumnavigate the Most Extreme Ocean?
Missions

Three Saildrone USVs launched from Bluff, NZ, January 2019. Their mission: the first autonomous circumnavigation of Antarctica.

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Saildrone Forecast: Weather Insight for Everyone
Forecast

Check out the first weather forecast powered by ocean drone, available in the iOS App Store and on the web!

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What We Can Learn from Studying Antarctic Krill
Science

Bring Antarctica into your classroom with three STEM-oriented lesson plans that teach students about krill and its role in the global food web.

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Saildrone Award Winners Address Big Questions with Autonomous Technology
Science

The Saildrone Award provides researchers with 30 days of ocean data collection for an innovative research project.

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First Saildrone Data Set Available for Public Access on NASA PO.DAAC
Data

The Saildrone Baja Campaign studied upwelling and frontal region dynamics, air-sea interactions, and diurnal warming effects along the US/Mexico coast.

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Saildrone at the Exploratorium for Ocean Discovery Month
Technology

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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Using Drones to Survey Fish Stock: Our First Full West Coast Mission
Missions

In the Summer of 2018, five saildrones embark on the first autonomous full West Coast fisheries survey, in collaboration with Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Oceans Canada, and the NOAA research vessel Reuben Lasker.

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A Step Towards A Quantified Planet: Announcing Our $60 Million Series B
Company

We are thrilled to welcome Horizons Ventures as a new partner to help accelerate Saildrone’s vision of a Quantified Planet.

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Why We Know More About Other Planets Than Our Own – And What We’re Doing About It
Data

Hint: A fleet of autonomous ocean drones collecting unprecedented amounts of data.

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A Gateway to the Southern Ocean
Company

Today we are announcing an important development: Sending our first fleet of saildrones into the Southern Ocean, in partnership with CSIRO, Australia’s pre-eminent national science organization.

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How a Fleet of Wind-Powered Ocean Drones Is Changing Our Understanding of the Oceans
Technology

Learn how wind and solar-powered saildrones are collecting data at sea in unprecedented detail.

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How Unmanned Surface Vehicles Use Sound to Count Fish, Whales
Science

Saildrone and NOAA have been working closely to pioneer the use of autonomous technology for fisheries management and conservation.

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Studying Natural Oil Seeps in the Gulf of Mexico with Unmanned Surface Vehicles
Missions

Saildrone helped ECOGIG consortium researchers understand the effects of wind and current on natural oil slicks and their larger impact on the Gulf ecosystem.

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Expanding Our Fleet of Sailing Drones
Company

Excited to announce we raised $14 Million in Series A to expand our fleet of sailing drones and grow our data services.

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What Is a Saildrone and How Does It Work?
Technology

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
Technology

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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