23 Jul '16, 4pm

Researchers @NOAA say wind-and-solar powered @saildrone could study #OceanChange in #Arctic

Researchers @NOAA say wind-and-solar powered @saildrone could study #OceanChange in #Arctic

Drones are changing the way we look at coastlines. In a conference call on Thursday about the use of drones in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Jessica N. Cross, an oceanographer at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, talked about the use of Saildrone , a sailboat-sized, commercially produced UAV in monitoring populations of fish and other information about the changing oceans in the Arctic. The Saildrone, developed by Saildrone Inc. of California, is a 20-foot long, wind-and-solar powered vehicle that can be launched from a dock just like a boat. This is one of the capabilities that made it appealing to NOAA; Cross said that its ability to launch this way helps to save money on the purchase and operational costs of a research ship. It’s also fast, 2-3 knots on average or over 7 knots with a strong and favorable wind, and robust, able to hol...

Full article: https://www.pddnet.com/news/2016/07/sailboat-drone-helps-...

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