Ocean Data Solutions

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Customized Data Solutions in Every Ocean

Saildrone provides users with a dedicated fleet of USVs to cost-effectively collect scientifically validated oceanic, atmospheric, and biogeochemical observations over large areas of the ocean and extended periods of time. Or, purchase data sets from one of Saildrone’s regional fleets.

Saildrone maritime domain awareness solutions

Maritime Domain Awareness

Advanced AI for MDA and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance missions powered by proprietary machine learning and Saildrone’s purpose-built platform

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Saildrone bathymetric data collection solutions


Single-beam and multibeam bathymetric data collection for navigation and charting, telecommunications, offshore energy, and physical oceanography

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Saildrone and NOAA ship


Cost-effective solutions for high-quality, fit-for-purpose in situ data collection with robust data chain of custody, from sensor calibration to final distribution

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Benefits of Saildrone Data Solutions

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.

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.

Interoperable data standards

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 or using online cloud-based tools such as Jupyter notebooks.

Get Started Planning Your Custom Data Solution

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

Tell us about your research objectives and get started planning your custom data solution.