Media Coverage



‘Digital Ocean’ Concept Could Connect Sensors at Sea

National Defense Industrial Association, May 22, 2017

Sensors that collect vast amounts of information are increasingly proliferating throughout the ocean. One company is working on a way to consolidate that data.

“We have started evangelizing a concept called the ‘Digital Ocean,’ which is, how do you sensor network the ocean?” said Gary Gysin, president and CEO of Liquid Robotics, a company that specializes in autonomous maritime systems.

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Boeing’s Autonomous Systems

MÖNCH Publishing Group, May 22, 2017

Boeing’s autonomous systems cover applications in both the airborne and maritime domains. In the latter, the company’s offerings include the ECHO RANGER, SEEKER, ECO VOYAGER and WAVE GLIDER (SHARC), the networked combination of which provides communications and C2 from the subsurface to surface environments, providing operators and local commanders with fresh capabilities.

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AUVSI 2017: The Wave Glider (video)

Shephard Media, May 8, 2017

Ahead of the AUVSI Xponential 2017 event in Dallas, Texas, officials from Liquid Robotics detail the capabilities that its Wave Glider provides and the markets the platform can work in.

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Voices: An Interview with Sean Halpin, Liquid Robotics’ Senior Director of Global Energy Market Business Development & Sales

Marine Technology Reporter, May 1, 2017

From a sunken ship on Penobscot Bay to working with the world’s top oil and gas companies, Sean Halpin has always had a love of the ocean. Learn about his start and his perspectives on the role autonomous systems play for the future of offshore operations.

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Technology and Research Project in Oman Enters the Active Phase

Research in Germany, April 10, 2017

At many coasts all over the Earth, freshwater is discharged into salty seawater through sources at the seafloor which are recharged by on-land groundwater. If groundwater deposits located near the coast are used excessively, this process bears a danger of being reversed, causing seawater to enter into the water-bearing layers and spoil the freshwater remaining there. This is a serious matter especially for countries located in dry regions. One of the main tasks of this project is the enhancement of a so-called Wave Glider, an autonomous measuring platform which will be surveying sites of groundwater discharge off the coast of the Dhofar region in western Oman.

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A Digital Ocean and Beyond

Monch Publishing Group, April 6, 2017

This is an ecosystem-type initiative, so to speak, with stakeholders in industry, government and other entities bringing to bear their technologies and other resources to establish a Digital Ocean and complete the many building blocks for this construct – common interfaces and related challenges…

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Liquid Robotics Wave Glider Goes Operational in Navy ASW Role

SEAPOWER Magazine, April 3, 2017

The Wave Glider unmanned surface vehicle is now operational with the U.S. Navy in an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) surveillance role, a Liquid Robotics official said. In an April 3 interview with Seapower Gary Gysin, president and chief executive of Liquid Robotics, a Boeing company, said the company’s Wave Glider, also known as the SHARC (Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft) is operational in two modes of ASW surveillance…

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Groundbreaking Study on Iceland’s Extreme Ocean Surface

Sea Technology, March 7, 2017

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego is collaborating with the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) on a groundbreaking study of the extreme ocean surface conditions that characterize the waters off Iceland’s coast. New state-of-the-art instruments will measure waves, currents, atmospheric pressure and sea surface temperature. Already, an expendable buoy has reported seas in excess of 12 m (40 ft.) in its first week of operation in the chilly Icelandic waters.

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GEOMAR Wave Glider Missions Live

Hydro International, March 6, 2017

The Wave Glider missions run by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, can be followed live on the internet. The internet portal GEOMAR Navigator has been set up to provide Wave Glider’s courses and velocities and the latest data they have collected from the ocean. The portal was developed as part of a scientific cooperation with Oman. A first test mission is currently taking place in the subtropical region of the North-East Atlantic.

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Scientists Explore Senghor Sea Mount

Subsea World News, February 27, 2017

A group of European and American scientists have embarked on an oceanographic mission aboard the German research vessel RV Maria S. Merian to study the physical and bio-geo-chemical characterization of the Senghor Sea Mount ecosystem located to the north of the Cape Verde Archipelago.

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Five Best Ideas – Stop Memorizing Passwords

Time Magazine, February 17, 2017

… #5. We need to close the information gap about the ocean. Here’s how to start.
By Gary Gysin in Scientific American

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The Digital Ocean: Our Next Information Frontier

Scientific American, February 16, 2017

We need an information superhighway of the seas

… In reality, instant access to data is only true for less than one quarter of our planet. For the remaining three quarters, the ocean, there is a huge information infrastructure gap, with limited to no real time access to data…

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La foire du drone

Le Monde.fr, February 13, 2017

Les autorités japonaises vont utiliser à partir de mai un appareil autonome capable de repérer un tremblement de terre sous-marin et de prévenir la population en temps réel. Les débuts du robot détecteur de tsunami n’ont pas été de tout repos – on l’a perdu pendant plusieurs semaines avant qu’il ne soit retrouvé miraculeusement dans les filets d’un bateau de pêche – mais les autorités japonaises assurent qu’il est parfaitement au point. Le Wave Glider (littéralement, le « planeur des vagues »), un « drone » sous-marin chargé d’ausculter les séismes imperceptibles – ou repérés trop tard – depuis la surface, doit être mis en service en mai au large de l’archipel d’Ogasawara.

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Aquatic Robot Braves Volcanoes and Typhoons to Detect Tsunamis

Scientific American, January 30, 2017

A drone will circle the world’s newest volcanic island, near Japan, to warn of devastating waves. The newest and most dangerous island in the world is about to get a robotic sentinel. Since bursting to life 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo in 2013, a massive marine volcano called Nishinoshima has erupted dozens of times, spewing red-hot lava that engulfed a neighboring island. As the volcano has grown, so has the risk it represents to 2,500 people living on the nearby Japanese archipelago of Ogasawara. Should Nishinoshima’s rocky slopes collapse during an eruption, they could trigger a deadly tsunami that would reach the Ogasawara islands within 20 minutes.

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Whale sharks’ secrets revealed by live-tracking aquatic drones

New Scientist, January 23, 2017

Wave-powered drones are being used to provide live tracking of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, for the first time.

Researchers at the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center (WSORC) on the island of Utila, Honduras, have just finished a year-long project using autonomous “Wave Glider” drones to patrol for whale sharks and report back on their movements. The team was able to follow along in real-time as the drones relayed the depth and minute-by-minute position of individual sharks.

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Boeing Developing Air-Drop Capability for SHARC Unmanned Surface Vehicle

SEAPOWER Magazine, January 19, 2017

Boeing is developing a kit to air-drop its SHARC (Sensor-Hosting Remote Autonomous Craft) wave glider by parachute into a deployment zone for surveillance.

The SHARC — developed by Liquid Robotics, which Boeing recently acquired — is a wave-gliding unmanned surface vehicle. It consists of a surface float that houses the solar cells and mission electronic and communications equipment. Tethered below the float is a sub that propels the vehicle using wave energy.

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Boeing to Acquire Ocean Drone Maker Liquid Robotics

Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2016

Boeing Co. will acquire floating-drone maker Liquid Robotics, the aerospace giant said Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Based in Sunnyvale, Liquid Robotics developed the Wave Glider, a surfboard-shaped drone that floats on the ocean surface and collects data, propelling itself for up to a year using wave and solar power.

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Boeing Buys Liquid Robotics to Boost Autonomous Surveillance at Sea

GeekWire, December 6, 2016

The Boeing Co. says it has agreed to acquire Liquid Robotics, its teammate in a years-long effort to create surfboard-sized robots that can use wave power to roam the seas. The acquisition is expected to help Boeing create military communication networks that can transmit information autonomously from the sea to satellites via Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft, or SHARCs.

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