National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


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

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. 


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