Australian research group Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSRIO) will be utilizing aquatic drones to research the Southern Ocean. The national agency has launched a collaboration with San Francisco-based Saildrone, and will be using three of the startup’s unmanned instruments for the next 5 years.
The Saildrones on their own are powered by the wind, and their devices are operated with the sun – this enables them to stay at sea for about 12 months at the same time, uploading gathered data en route.
Built with both automated identification technologies and ship deterrence programs, they can function automatically or be remotely operated by using a satellite link from all over the world.
Together with their current marine and atmospheric receptors, they will also be built with sensors built to gauge ocean carbon, and to offer biomass assessments in the water column. Saildrones are long-lasting research systems that can be delivered to isolated areas for a prolonged period, providing real-time data back to researchers that were previously difficult to gather.