Quality Research Data from the Most Remote Oceans

Uncrewed surface vehicles offer a long-term solution for meteorological and oceanographic research, delivering untold amounts of data from the most inhospitable areas of the world’s oceans and unlocking answers to numerous important questions we have about our planet.

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Metocean Data

Elevate climate models and precision weather predictions with crucial atmospheric metrics, sea surface temperatures, and vital air-sea flux data.

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Fisheries Data

A quiet platform to gather acoustic backscatter for accurate fish stock assessment and sustainable fisheries management; track marine mammals to monitor ecosystem dynamics and patterns.

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CO2 Monitoring

Measure CO2 with ASVCO2 sensors–developed by NOAA for exclusive integration on the Saildrone platform. The advanced ASVCO2 sensors measure pCO2 in the atmosphere and ocean surface at an accuracy of < 2 μatm.


Proven Operations in the Harshest Environments

Challenging Environments

Tried and tested even in the most extreme conditions, Saildrone USVs have consistently proven reliable and capable. Successful operations include groundbreaking missions in the Arctic, sailing into hurricanes, and the first autonomous circumnavigation of Antarctica.

Long-term Endurance

Saildrone's patented wing technology supports missions lasting up to 12 months, eliminating the necessity for land-based maintenance or refueling. Annual maintenance ensures the preservation of high data quality.

Data Quality

Saildrones are equipped with advanced instrumentation, sensors, and cameras. The high-quality data sets they generate adhere to stringent scientific criteria endorsed by regulatory entities such as the WMO and the IHO.

Multiple Mission Objectives

Saildrone USVs are capable of performing missions with multiple objectives simultaneously. Offering climate science researchers mission flexibility and increased return on investment.

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Scientific-grade Research Payloads

Saildrone payloads are configured to meet mission-specific requirements for a variety of needs. USVs can be equipped with acoustic sensors, single or multibeam sonar, echo sounders, and ADCPs to measure ocean current vectors at multiple depths.


Ocean Data Collection Managed End-to-end

Successful ocean exploration demands streamlined operations, real-time adaptability, and a proven data collection platform. Saildrone's ocean research solutions are engineered for mission-specific needs, offering continuous oversight from launch to operation to retrieval. High-quality data is accessible 24/7 via our dedicated Saildrone Mission Portal and APIs.

The Saildrone fleet provides scientific-grade data, supplementing traditional assets to fill critical gaps. Unlike buoys, Saildrone's navigable USVs do not require crewed ships for relocation or repairs, cover larger areas efficiently, and offer real-time reconfiguration, all without impacting the seafloor and with a low to zero operational carbon footprint.


Mission Planning

Meeting mission goals is Saildrone Mission Management's foremost objective. We achieve this through meticulous planning and close collaboration with customers. After an in-depth feasibility analysis, the deployment area is determined, and optimal routes identified.


Mission Deployment

Saildrone Mission Management takes full responsibility for logistics and operations. We handle vehicle transportation, deployment, retrieval, and 24/7 monitoring and tasking of the vehicles, weather analysis, and troubleshooting.


Real-time Data Delivery

Leading the way in software-driven mission innovation, the Saildrone Mission Portal and API offer customers real-time tracking, data access, and management. Advanced collaboration tools and permissions enhance and streamline mission communication.


Data Quality

Saildrones are equipped with sophisticated instrumentation, sensors, and cameras. The large data sets produced meet rigorous scientific standards (endorsed by top regulatory bodies, including the WMO and the IHO) and are delivered in NetCDF format.

Augmenting Traditional Assets

Discover why organizations like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration use Saildrone USVs to maintain critical observations for weather and marine forecasts.


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Agency-specific Contract Vehicles for GSA, DIU, and NOAA ProTech Fisheries