Every Saildrone carries a comprehensive suite of science-grade instruments, each carefully selected in association with PMEL / NOAA. The sensors were chosen to cover a wide variety of science mission, focussing on air / sea interactions, surface fluxes, carbon measurements and bio-mass studies.
While most missions do not require all sensors, it is possible to run all sensors simultaneously.
Deployed from a dock, Saildrones transit to the study area autonomously, averaging 3-5 knots. After the active mission, they return to shore for servicing, without needing any ship time.
Missions can last 6 - 12 months, with all data streamed live via satellite and accessible via Saildrone's API.
In addition to the standard sensor suite, we have a payload bay capable of carrying an additional 250 lbs.
Other applications for the Saildrone platform include using it as a deployment vehicle for other technologies such as ARGO floats.