|Headquarters||Sunnyvale, CA; Kamuela, HI.|
CEO: Bill Vass
|Products||Ocean data services|
Liquid Robotics is an ocean data services provider and developer of the Wave Glider, an autonomous, environmentally powered ocean-going platform for gathering and remotely transmitting information about the surface of the ocean, such as water temperature, and the atmospheric conditions above, such as wind speed.
In November 2012, a Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider autonomous underwater glider set a Guinness World Record for the "longest distance traveled on the Earth's surface by a robot" by travelling over 14,000 kilometres (9,000 mi) on an autonomous journey of just over one year duration.
The Wave Glider is composed of two parts: the float is roughly the size and shape of a surfboard and stays at the surface; the sub has wings and hangs 6 meters below on an umbilical tether. Because of the separation, the float experiences more wave motion than does the sub. This difference allows wave energy to be harvested to produce forward thrust.
Initial Wave Glider
The Wave Glider is equipped with computers for navigation and payload control, satellite communication systems, and ocean sensors to measure the environment around it. Sensors have been integrated to measure weather, sea conditions, water quality and chemistry, living organisms, bottom topography and currents. Acoustic microphones and arrays have been adapted to record passing ships and the vocalizations of whales and other mammals. The power needed to operate the sensors and computers is provided by solar panels, which are used to recharge lithium-ion batteries.
The Wave Glider can be programmed for autonomous operation, or it can be steered by a remote pilot over the Internet. Continuous, near real time, communication is provided via satellite, cellular phone or radio links for piloting and data transmission.
Wave Glider SV3
In April 2013, Liquid Robotics announced a follow-on to the original Wave Glider, with the capability to do more data analysis and processing on-board the floating unit while providing additional oceanographic and atmospheric data collection and transmission services, a floating "server rack" for providing services to the fishing and oil & gas industries.
In November 2011, Liquid Robotics launched the PacX Challenge, an attempt to get four Wave Gliders across the Pacific. They were launched from San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club and travelled together to Hawaii, a distance of nearly 6000km, arriving in March 2012. The Wave Gliders launched from Hawai’i on 21 May 2012 for the second leg of their voyage, with two headed across the Mariana trench to Japan and two to Australia.
On 20 November 2012, the first of the Wave Gliders, Papa Mau (named in honor of Mau Piailug), reached Australia. Papa Mau completed its 9,000 nautical mile (17,000 kilometer) journey across the Pacific Ocean to Australia, setting a new world record for the longest distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle.
The PacX Challenge awards a prize to the best research proposal submitted utilizing data gathered on the transpacific crossing. The prize comprises a $50,000 research grant (courtesy of BP, the oil and gas industry supporter of the PacX Challenge) and six months of Wave Glider time. The winner will work with Liquid Robotics to chart the course and mission for the six month deployment, including the configuration of onboard sensors.
Board of Directors
Liquid Robotics Board of Directors:
- Roger Hine, Co-Founder, CTO and co-inventor of the Wave Glider
- Mark Leslie, Managing Director, Leslie Ventures
- Robert Momsen, General Partner, InterWest Partners
- Joseph D. Rizzi, Chairman of the Board Liquid Robotics and President & Executive Director, Jupiter Research Foundation
- Alan Salzman, Chief Executive Officer, VantagePoint Capital Partners
- Thampy Thomas, Founder, NexGen
- John W. Thompson, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Symantec Corp.
- Bill Vass, President & CEO, Liquid Robotics, Inc.
- Ashok Belani, EVP Technology, Schlumberger Limited
Strategic Advisory Board
The strategic advisory board is formed of 26 members.
Defense & National Security
- Marv Langston, Former Dep. Asst. Secretary of Defense, USDOD
- Archie Clemins, Admiral, US Navy, former Commander in Chief, US Pacific Fleet
- Conrad Lautenbacher, VP, Science Programs, CSC, ATG; Vice Admiral US Navy (ret), Administrator of NOAA
- Albert Baciocco, Vice Admiral US Navy, former Commander Submarine Group SIX, former Chief of Naval Research (CTO)
- Joanne Isham, Former L-1 and BAE executive, former Deputy Director for NGA and CIA
- Roberta Lenczowski, Former Executive, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
- Arthur "Art" Money, former Asst Secretary of Defense (C3I) USDOD, former president of ESL, Inc.
- John Tozzi, Rear Admiral, US Coast Guard (ret)
- Cosmo Perrone, Former Director of Security for the Port of Long Beach (CA)
Scientific & Commercial
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr., International Environmental Advocate & Attorney
- Edward Lu, former NASA astronaut, former Google executive for advanced programs, chief of innovative applications, Liquid Robotics
- James Gosling, creator of Java, chief software architect, Liquid Robotics
- John Gage former partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Buyers
- James Bellingham, Chief Technologist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
- Adrian Cockcroft, Cloud Architect, Netflix
- Scott McNealy, Chairman Wayin, former CEO and founder Sun Microsystems
- Karl Rauscher, Bell Labs Fellow, Distinguished Fellow and CTO of the EastWest Institute
- Trip Ray, Energy Software and Services Executive
- Chris Welsh, Virgin Oceanic Co-Founder and Pilot
- John Young, Seismic Expert formerly with ExxonMobil
- Rod Nelson, Vice President, Schlumberger
- Gregory Poulos, Maritime Attorney, Partner, Cox, Wooton, Griffin, Hansen & Poulos
- Tim Richardson, Strategic Advisor, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Board member at IXYS Corporation, Samplify, Jupiter Research Foundation
- Paul Sallaberry, Venture Partner, Jafco Ventures
- Derek Hine, Co-Founder, Liquid Robotics
- Claude Brancart, Ocean engineering consultant, Past President and Chair, AUV Technology Committee, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society
- Terdiman, Daniel (2012-12-05). "Science robot ends Guinness record-breaking ocean journey". C/Net. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
- "Wave Glider Concept". website. Liquid Robotics. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
- Terdiman, Daniel (2013-04-08). "Liquid Robotics launches autonomous sea-faring data center". C/Net. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
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- PacX Challenge, Liquid Robotics, retrieved 6 December 2012.