The ocean is the last great frontier. It covers most of the Earth’s surface, produces 70% of our oxygen, and is a significant source of food and jobs. It’s also an increasingly contested battlespace, as nations seek to protect their waters and resources.
The ocean will undergo a profound transformation over the next decade to address these problems. Sensors, connectivity, cloud computing—the same technology that has revolutionized the terrestrial world is coming to the ocean.
The Wave Glider, an unmanned ocean robot, is the essential technology for this transformation. Sitting at the surface, the Wave Glider is the only unmanned system capable of collecting and communicating ocean data, real-time, through unpredictable conditions, for up to one year. It connects subsea data and communicates it to satellites and land, creating an ocean network.
Imagine this ocean network connecting billions of sensors, manned and unmanned systems, and satellites above. A place where data is available on demand, around the clock.
This is the Digital Ocean, and it is taking shape around us.
Liquid Robotics is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.
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While you read this, an unmanned Wave Glider surface vehicle is riding swells alone in the Gulf of Mexico, collecting critically needed post-Hurricane Harvey water quality data. Thanks to a Texas A&M University partnership with Liquid Robotics, the Wave Glider’s manufacturer, researchers will use the glider’s real-time data to examine how Harvey’s record-breaking rainfall now flowing into the Gulf will affect water quality, coral reefs and ecosystems.
Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance is the world’s leading forum for maritime ISR professionals. The maritime domain plays host to some of the greatest threats to international security. As Mediterranean nations continue to tackle illegal migration – nearly 16,000 migrants have arrived on Italian shores since January – the wider ISR community must do battle with piracy, drug smuggling and illegal fishing. The operational in-tray is overflowing, with commanders requiring multi-role capabilities that can deliver persistent surveillance for a range of missions.
We are proud to have received accolades recognizing the Wave Glider as a game-changing platform. Below is a sampling of our recognition.
From a worldwide competition, Liquid Robotics’ won the inaugural prize for "sustainable innovations that strive to create or enhance business practices, industries or technologies that contribute to the long-term health of our ocean.”
Roger Hine was one of the 23 Technology Pioneers honored by the WEF “for the potential to significantly impact business and society through the design, development and implementation of new technologies and innovations”.
From San Francisco across the Pacific Ocean to Bundaberg, Australia, the Wave Glider named “Benjamin Franklin” swam 7,939-nautical mile (14,703-km) through cyclones, shark attacks, and the perils of the seas collecting and communicating ocean data.
In honor of Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison Awards™ are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business success. Liquid Robotics was awarded the highest medal in recognition of the energy harvesting innovation of the Wave Glider.