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 seemlessly 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 50,000 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

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Sebastien de Halleux

Sebastien de Halleux

COO
Alan Steremberg

Alan steremberg

Advisor, DATA
Stan Honey

STAN HONEY

Advisor, technology

Dave peacock

Lead software Engineer

Evan Jones

Software Engineer

Tamer Mash

FIRMWARE Engineer

Jim Morash

Lead Hardware Engineer

Damon Smith

LEAD Composite
Production

Vincent FELICE

Composite PRODUCTION

Christian padilla

Composite PRODUCTION
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.
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 be happy to get in touch.

OUR ADDRESS
Saildrone Inc
1050 W Tower Ave
Alameda CA 94501