Published: August 24, 2018
Total Running Time: 00:30:28
Learn more about saildrones, wind-powered robots that collect ocean data at a fraction of the cost of research vessels and can go places too dangerous or remote for humans to routinely venture. Sebastien de Halleux, Chief Operating Officer of Saildrone, elaborates on this exciting technology. Equipped with scientific sensors that can connect and upload data to satellites, these 23-foot, neon-orange drones have trailed behind satellite-tagged Arctic seals to understand changes in their feeding behavior and sailed to a remote patch of the Pacific to study the Great White sharks that congregate there. Scientists hope that fleets of saildrones might someday roam the oceans continuously collecting data for improving weather and climate models, monitoring commercial fish populations and endangered species on the high seas, and tracking changing conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic.