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Saildrones go where humans can’t — or don’t want to — to study the world’s oceans

July 01, 2018

NEAH BAY, Clallam County — As the crew of a Makah tribal salmon boat unloaded their catch like generations of fishermen before them, scientists at the other end of the pier in this small coastal community were wrangling more futuristic cargo. Chris Meinig is quoted and the Arctic and TPOS Saildrone missions are referenced. 

Link: Saildrones go where humans can’t — or don’t want to — to study the world’s oceans

Saildrones Launched On Washington Coast To Study Fisheries

June 28, 2018

Two autonomous Saildrones launched from Neah Bay this week on a to find out whether the wind and solar-powered vehicles can improve the efficiency and accuracy of fisheries surveys off the West Coast. PMEL is referenced. 

Link: Saildrones Launched On Washington Coast To Study Fisheries

Citizen scientists are unearthing climate data from old ships' logs

May 23, 2018

In the 1870s, the U.S.S. Jeannette set sail on a voyage to the North Pole. When the vessel reached the Arctic, it got stuck in ice floes. For two years, the ship, with its crew, drifted in frigid waters. Kevin Wood is quoted. 

Link: Citizen scientists are unearthing climate data from old ships' logs

The captainless research vessel

May 21, 2018

The regular patrons of the White Shark Café have had some company lately. In March, two autonomous robots, called Saildrones, departed from California en route to the “Café,” a mysterious stretch of water in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where the sharks are known to congregate. Jessica Cross is quoted. 

Link: The captainless research vessel

Adaptable and driven by renewable energy, saildrones voyage into remote waters

May 16, 2018

In March 2009, engineer Richard Jenkins broke the world land speed record for a wind-powered vehicle by sailing a bright green sailboat on wheels across a dried lakebed in Nevada at 126 miles per hour. Now, after many engineering developments and an orange paint job, Jenkins’ design autonomously sails the sea gathering ecologic, oceanic, and atmospheric data in the employ of NOAA. 

Link: Adaptable and driven by renewable energy, saildrones voyage into remote waters

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