Ship time is expensive and yet ocean research depends on it. By augmenting traditional ships with a fleet of Saildrones, you can cost-effectively and autonomously gather data over large ocean areas in any conditions. Launched and retrieved from a dock, the Saildrone fleet navigates to its destination using wind power alone, transiting at 3-5 kts. Each drone can then hold station or perform survey patterns best suited for the specific research mission.
We are constantly working to integrate new sensing capablities into the Saildrone fleet. If you are interested in integrating your sensor in our next generation data collection platform, we would be happy to work together.
Your data is transmitted back to shore via satellite and delivered to you seamlessly through our API. In addition, our client portal can be accessed on any computer or smart phone / tablet for live data manipulation and visualization.
Found something interesting? The Saildrones can be re-tasked, in real time to measure interesting features with greater resolution. Welcome to adaptive sampling. We take care of all live operations, from launch & retrieval of the drones to piloting the fleet in busy waterways, so you can focus on the research.
The oceans affect the fundamental processes that drive our weather and the rate of climate change. Understanding these processes is crucial, but getting reliable and affordable data from remote parts of the ocean has historically been tough. Saildrone changes that.VIEW SOLUTION >
In the face of ocean acidification and over-fishing, fisheries management is becoming ever more important. Combining our sensor suite with the most advanced fish finder, Saildrones can help create sustainable fisheries for future generations.VIEW SOLUTION >
Operating for extended periods in high traffic areas, Saildrones can monitor environmental health in many situations. Whether measuring nitrate run off from river systems or tracking oil spills, Saildrone can maintain a permanent presence, enabling immediate response.VIEW SOLUTION >
$1M worth of data collection
for your ocean research project
At Saildrone, we believe in revolutionary new approaches to ocean science. We will award 30 days of drone-powered data collection, free of charge, equivalent to $1,000,000 of research ship time, to the most impactful mission submitted to us during the year.
Click the button below to access the interactive Saildrone Mission Builder, where you'll be able to highlight the ocean area you are studying, select waypoints for data collection by Saildrone and summarize the impact your research is seeking to have.
The 2017 mission submission is now closed and any mission submitted will now be considered for the 2019 selection.
“A platform that is ready for ocean research missions from the tropics to the Arctic.”
"This work will have impact that reaches far beyond the Gulf
by elucidating how petroleum hydrocarbons are cycled in the oceans."
"The success of Saildrone’s trek proved its potential as a tool
for IUU monitoring and enforcement within remote marine protected areas."
Then you have come to the right place. Saildrone is looking for experts with a passion to join our team.
At Saildrone, we believe in using ocean data at scale to derive planetary insights that affect humanity. Our mission is to create the highest resolution ocean data set in the world and use it to make global processes such as weather forecasting, carbon cycling, global fishing and climate change more predictable, visible and actionable.
We strongly believe in proof through demonstration and we would rather let our results speak for themselves from our origins in harnessing wind power to break speed records, to the extreme endurance of our autonomous saildrones or the NOAA-vetted quality of our data.
Above all, we are a team of passionate and fun-loving individuals, bringing expertise from multiple fields and sharing a culture of transformation through action, from designing hardware for extreme conditions to fearless software testing in the most remote parts of the world, we like to tackle challenges where few others dare to go and looking for 1000x impact wherever we can create it.
Understanding our oceans is the critical missing piece in quantifiying our blue planet, so we are seeking curious minds to join our team and help improve the insights that can be derived from revolutionary ocean data.
Here are the job openings at the Saildrone HQ in sunny Alameda, a short ferry-ride from San Francisco.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Whether you have a complex Ocean Data requirement, want to explore a partnership
or are interested in joining our team,
we would love to hear from you.
1050 W Tower Ave
Alameda CA 94501
We are a short ferry ride
from San Francisco.
Leave from the Ferry Building
and get off at Alameda Main Street
check the ferry schedule