Courtesy of Saildrone



Saildrone, funded in part by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, is an unmanned surface vessel that is powered by solar and wind energy. This surface vessel called be installed with various sensors in order to monitor and surveil MPAs.

Real-time technology: The Saildrone holds an onboard payload that can include cameras, hydrophones, radar, satellite phone communications and vessel identification radio systems, all of which rely on the onboard solar panels for energy. It sends back data in real time to users, who can also alter missions in real time in response to new information. The Saildrone interfaces are compatible with smart phones and tablets allowing for simple, cell phone based deployment at sea.

List of achievements: Developed primarily for ocean research, Saildrone's testing has included tracking endangered shark populations and circumnavigating around the Palmyra Atoll, a remote marine protected area off the coast of Hawaii. For the Hawaii mission, the Saildrone traversed approximately 6,000 nautical miles for over 100 days. Other Saildrone missions include detecting oil slicks off the coast of Mexico, providing acoustic fish stock monitoring in the Bering Sea in partnership with NOAA in 2016 and gathering climate data in the equatorial pacific, also in partnership with NOAA.


Length: 5.8m
Height: 6m

Gulf of Mexico, Bering Sea, Palmyra Atoll (Hawaii), Equatorial Oceans
  • Company: Saildrone

  • Type: Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV)

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  • Link: Product Website

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