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NDBC Replaces Weather Buoy with Saildrone USV in National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA's National Data Buoy Center replaced a moored coastal weather buoy in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with a Saildrone Explorer to mitigate impacts caused by mooring material.

September 26, 2023

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Saildrone and NOAA Secure New Guinness Record for Measuring Hurricane Winds

The 2024 Guinness Book of World Records includes for the first time the “highest wind speed recorded by a USV,” earned during Saildrone and NOAA’s 2021 Atlantic Hurricane mission.

September 12, 2023

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New Acoustic Technology Protects Marine Mammals while Enabling Renewable Offshore Energy

Saildrone and RPS are using smart tools to provide long-term monitoring of endangered species over large areas slated for offshore wind development.

September 6, 2023

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Saildrone Redeploys “Hurricane Sam” Ocean Drone for 2023 Mission

The redeployment of the SD 1045, famous for capturing the first video from inside a major hurricane at sea, marks a significant milestone in hurricane research.

July 17, 2023

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Saildrone Deploys a Record 12 Ocean Drones to Study Hurricanes

The Saildrone Explorers are one of several tools NOAA is using to improve hurricane forecasting—and keep coastal communities safer.

June 28, 2023

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ABS Issues Approval in Principle for Saildrone Uncrewed Surface Vehicles

AIP, an important first step to full classification of a new maritime vehicle, was awarded to the Saildrone Voyager and Surveyor.

June 7, 2023

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Seabed 2030 and Saildrone Partner to Advance Global Ocean Mapping

The Memorandum of Understanding outlines a shared commitment to leveraging technological innovation to make bathymetric data available to the global community.

April 19, 2023

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Saildrone Scales Production of New Mid-size USV

To meet the growing demand for advanced data-collection capabilities at sea, Saildrone has developed the 33-foot Voyager designed for near-shore ocean mapping and maritime security missions.

March 28, 2023

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Saildrone Completes World-first Uncrewed Alaska Ocean Mapping Mission

Saildrone surveyed more than 45,000 square kilometers of previously unknown ocean floor around Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and off the California coast to address ocean exploration gaps in remote areas.

March 7, 2023

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Saildrone Captures Video Inside Category 4 Hurricane Fiona

For the second year, NOAA and Saildrone are hurricane chasing with uncrewed wind-powered vehicles.

September 22, 2022

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Whale-protecting Ocean Drones Accelerate Offshore Wind

Saildrone will use ground-breaking technology and uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs) to protect marine wildlife, enabling the acceleration of offshore wind energy.

September 16, 2022

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With Soaring Temperatures and Extreme Weather Events, Ocean Data Has Never Been More Important

Two ocean drones are collecting data in the Gulf of Mexico to help monitor weather and the impact of climate change.

August 24, 2022

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Ocean Drones Launched in Lake Superior to Support $7B Great Lakes Fishery

Collecting data to improve fish counts, monitor environmental health, and help to protect native fish species.

August 10, 2022

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Hurricane Drones Bravely Heading Back to the Atlantic… And the Gulf of Mexico

In partnership with NOAA, Saildrone is again launching a fleet of ocean drones to collect critical hurricane data to make coastal communities safer.

August 3, 2022

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Navy League of the United States Recognizes Ocean Drone Technology with Annual Innovation Award

The award was presented to Saildrone Founder and CEO Richard Jenkins at the Sea Air Space conference, held April 4 – 6, 2022.

April 5, 2022

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The Future of Long-endurance Low-carbon Survey is Here: Sulmara Inks Services Agreement for 10 Saildrone Voyager USVs

Saildrone and Sulmara commit to growing the adoption of USV survey in the offshore energy sector across the globe.

March 9, 2022

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Saildrone’s New Ocean Mapping HQ to Support Critical Florida Coastline Initiatives

Known for their 2021 groundbreaking video from inside a category 4 hurricane, Saildrone is broadening its efforts to keep coastal communities in the region safe.

March 2, 2022

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Carbon and the Ocean: Saildrones Help Us Understand Our Planet’s Future

Ocean observations are urgently needed to close key uncertainties in the global carbon budget, understand and predict our climate, and hold countries accountable for carbon goals.

December 9, 2021

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Saildrone Closes $100 Million Series C Funding Round to Advance Ocean Intelligence Products

Led by BOND, the new financing will be used to grow Saildrone’s data insight teams and scale go-to-market functions for ocean domain intelligence.

October 18, 2021

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World First: Ocean Drone Captures Video from Inside a Category 4 Hurricane

NOAA and Saildrone are collecting scientific data from inside Hurricane Sam.

September 30, 2021

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Ocean Drones with Zero Operational Carbon Footprint Helping to Mitigate Climate Change

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

August 25, 2021

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World’s Most Advanced Autonomous Research Vehicle Completes Ocean Crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii

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.

July 8, 2021

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Ocean Drones Brave Hurricanes to Make Coastal Communities Safer

In partnership with NOAA, Saildrone will launch five ocean drones to collect in situ scientific data from hurricanes.

June 1, 2021

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Pioneering Study to Improve Weather Prediction and Global Carbon Budget Understanding supports Saildrone’s ambitious mission to collect year-round ocean data in the turbulent waters of the Gulf Stream.

April 13, 2021

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Introducing the Saildrone Surveyor

Saildrone launches the world’s largest and most advanced autonomous surface vehicle for ocean exploration.

January 11, 2021

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