The Saildrone Voyager uses solar energy to power sensors, communications, and navigation. It uses a custom machine learning model to autonomously detect and identify visual targets at sea. It then fuses this optical imagery data with radar and AIS data to identify vessels that are “dark” or not transmitting on AIS. These detections can be fused with other data sources — such as acoustics — to deliver a fully informed picture of the surrounding maritime domain. Stationed strategically, a group of Voyagers can deliver 24/7/365 protection of maritime assets in any ocean environment.
Saildrone’s ability to provide cost-effective, persistent “eyes and ears” on the ocean enables in situ multi-INT monitoring and can be used to tip and cue satellite monitoring systems. Saildrone USVs provide an unparalleled linkage between space-based data streams and real-time surface-level data that can be used to provide continuous coverage of targets and assets of interest, many of which are invisible to satellites. Moreover, Saildrone can be used to assist with validation and calibration of earth observation satellite platforms. Access to this level of real-time intelligence enables more effective prosecution of missions critical to national security.
With an average speed of up to seven knots, the Saildrone Voyager can operate continuously in the open ocean for up to 180 days. Saildrone USVs can be easily deployed and retrieved from any oceanside dock and can transit autonomously to and from operating areas in any ocean.
Saildrone USVs also carry a robust payload of oceanographic and meteorological sensors for continuous high-resolution environmental monitoring above and below the sea surface. Optional sensors include an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), which can help to identify conditions in which a loitering vessel might drift into a protected area, and multibeam sonar for high-resolution ocean mapping, necessary for improving safety of navigation.
Data is transferred in real time via a secure satellite network. Saildrone data can be viewed in the proprietary Saildrone Mission Portal or linked directly into existing architecture, for example, Minotaur, via an API The Saildrone Mission Portal provides a variety of tools—overlays of satellite products, model GRIB files, and ingestion of other assets such as ships, buoys, tagged animals, or other autonomous platforms—for on-the-fly mission analysis and fleet management.
The robustness of the underlying core components, a wind-powered vehicle capable of long-duration missions and a machine learning-based approach to vessel detection, makes Saildrone an ideal solution for persistent GEOINT in any ocean.
Visit Saildrone at booth 415 (next to the USGIF Government Hub) or saildrone.com to learn more.