Wave Glider

Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV)

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Wave energy is greatest at the water’s surface, decreasing rapidly with increasing depth. The Wave Glider’s unique two-part architecture exploits this difference in energy to provide forward propulsion. Powered by wave and solar energy, the Wave Glider is an autonomous, unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that can operate individually or in fleets delivering real-time data for up to one year with no fuel.

The Wave Glider offers an additional propulsion system using stored solar energy. The additional directional thrust increases mobility and precision and helps to navigate challenging ocean conditions (doldrums, high currents, and hurricanes/cyclones), or accommodate mission changes. The solar energy system also recharges batteries that power sensors.

Operate the Wave Glider individually or in fleets with fewer pilots and less risk. Change missions in real-time to adapt to new operational requirements.

Key Features

  • Programmable course navigation including precise hold-station capabilities
  • Vessel detection and avoidance
  • Multi-vehicle fleet operations
  • Flexible piloting, sea-side control, and 3rd party navigation support

Winch for Deploying Ocean Sensors at Depth

Designed specifically for the Wave Glider, the Winch 150P offers continuous power and communications through the line down to the payload at the sinker, making it ideal for subsea acoustics, CTD and fluorometry casts, water sampling, and fish tracking.

Open Sensor and Payload Integration Architecture

The Wave Glider is designed to support a wide range of sensors and payloads. The modular and adaptable payload design, coupled with a powerful solar energy system and on-board compute environment, allows our partners to develop and deliver unique solutions to customers. More importantly, it allows customers to scale a proven application across many Wave Gliders quickly.

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