TECHNOLOGY

WE PROVIDE high resolution ocean  data
collected by a fleet of SAILING DRONES

FEWER SHIPs,
MORE DRONES

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.

CUSTOM SENSORS

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.

REAL TIME DATA

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.

RESEARCHER IN CONTROL

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.

SOLUTIONS

OCEAN DATA FOR A WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS

Oceanography & CLIMATE

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.

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Fish stock analysis

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.

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ENVIRONMENTAL monitoring

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.

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ABOUT US

 OUR DATA MISSIONS HAVE COVERED
OVER 60,000 NAUTICAL MILES
OF OPEN OCEAN, HERE are a few

MISSION BUILDER

Define your data mission

$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 2016.
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.

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Testimonials

What our partners say

“A platform that is ready for ocean research missions from the tropics to the Arctic.”

Meining & al - NOAA / PMEL

Testimonials

What our partners say

"This work will have impact that reaches far beyond the Gulf
by elucidating how petroleum hydrocarbons are cycled in the oceans."

Dr Samantha Joye - University of GEORGIA

Testimonials

WHAT OUR PARTNERS SAY

"The success of Saildrone’s trek proved its potential as a tool
for IUU monitoring and enforcement within remote marine protected areas."

B. Ruff and M. Gravitz - Marine Conservation Institute

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admn
GOMRI - Gulf of Mexico Research InitiativeEcogig
PMEL - Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
University of Southern MississipiUniversity of Washington
Marine Conservation InstituteDefense Innovation Unit Experimental - DIUx
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MEET OUR TEAM

Sebastien de Halleux

Sebastien de Halleux

COO
Justin De La Serna

Justin De La Serna

Composite Production
Sam DeRose

Sam DeRose

CAD Engineer
Dave Fairman

Dave Fairman

Sr. Software Engineer
Vincent Felice

Vincent Felice

Composite Production
Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham

Lead Infrastructure Engineer
Ted Grubb

Ted Grubb

Lead Front-End Engineer
Stan Honey

Stan Honey

Advisor
Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

Founder & CEO
Sven Jensen

Sven Jensen

Finance Director
Ray O. Johnson

Ray O. Johnson

Advisor
Evan Jones

Evan Jones

Software Engineer
Tamer Mash

Tamer Mash

Firmware Engineer
Anne Hale Miglarese

Anne Hale Miglarese

Advisor
Jim Morash

Jim Morash

Lead Hardware Engineer
Christian Padilla

Christian Padilla

Composite Production
Dave Peacock

Dave Peacock

Director of Robotics
Doron Segal

Doron Segal

Lead Platform Engineer
Damon Smith

Damon Smith

Lead Composite Production
Alan Steremberg

Alan Steremberg

Advisor
Shaun Tanner

Shaun Tanner

Director of Science
Eric Weinhoffer

Eric Weinhoffer

Sr. Mechanical Engineer
David Wotherspoon

David Wotherspoon

Senior Program Manager
CAREERS

DO YOU LIKE OCEAN-SIZED CHALLENGES?

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.

HOW TO FIND US

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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.

OUR ADDRESS
Saildrone Inc
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