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Saildrone Research Mission Launched to Improve Tropical Observing System in eastern Pacific Ocean

As the western U.S. experiences record shattering heat waves, mega droughts and the eastern tropical Pacific started its 2021 hurricane season with the earliest tropical storm (Andres) on record going back to the early 1970s, two Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV) saildrones were launched on July 23, 2021 from Alameda, CA on a research mission to the eastern tropical Pacific.

orange sailing drone in on the water with some waves sailing in front of San Francisco bluffs

Saildrone departing Alameda, CA  to study hurricane genesis and ENSO in eastern Pacific Ocean. Photo Credit: Saildrone, Inc. 


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