The Saildrone wing technology was evolved over a 10 year period, driven by the research of Saildrone founder Richard Jenkins as he battled to break the wind powered, land speed record. He ultimately achieved that record
in 2009 (126.2mph) before
applying the wing technology to an unmanned sailboat, which became Saildrone.
The quest for speed and control, led to the innovation of a precise but low-power wing system that makes the Saildrone possible. Efficiently harnessing wind-power to maximize the range and endurance of our drones is a key differentiator between Saildrone and other autonomous vehicles.