Southern Ocean

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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