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5 th Annual Blue Tech & Blue Economy Summit . Maritime Robotics and Maritime Domain Awareness Panel . Unmanned Maritime Systems. Eric Patten, Ocean Aero President, CEO. YOU HAVE HEARD THIS BEFORE. 80 % of the worlds population live within 100mi of the coast

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5th Annual Blue Tech


Blue Economy Summit

Maritime Robotics


Maritime Domain Awareness Panel

Unmanned Maritime Systems

Eric Patten,

Ocean Aero

President, CEO

you have heard this before
  • 80% of the worlds population live within 100mi of the coast
  • 90% of the worlds goods travel by ship
  • The US coastline is 95,471 miles
  • Our EEZ is 7,053,184 sq miles – the world largest.
  • We only have explored about 5% of the worlds Oceans
  • “The ocean is the lifeblood of Earth, covering more than 70 percent of the planet\'s surface, driving weather, regulating temperature, and ultimately supporting all living organisms. Throughout history, the ocean has been a vital source of sustenance, transport, commerce, growth, and inspiration.
  • Yet for all of our reliance on the ocean, 95 percent of this realm remains unexplored, unseen by human eyes.”*
  • * From NOAA website -
why don t we know more
Why Don’t We Know More
  • Cost – It’s financially prohibitive to conduct persistent Ocean Observation
    • For example: A manned scientific vessel costs approximately $10,000 to $100,000 a day to operate.
  • Time/Size – The vast expanse of our Oceans requires significant persistence to adequately understand them.
  • Environment – The Oceans can be some of the harshest and most dangerous environments on the planet making them difficult to explore.

How Can We Know More



The Problem

Power to stay on mission for extended periods of time without refueling


Power to supply sensors and sustain speed

9.3 Problem Statement:

“Endurance is perhaps one of the most compelling aspects of unmanned systems. The search continues for even more efficient systems to provide greater endurance, speed and range.”

USN Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap FY2011-2036

what are we doing
What Are We Doing
  • Ocean Aero has designed a "game changing" highly ruggedized surface & sub-surface vessel – “Submaran”, for use by commercial, government, military and scientific communities.
    • Zero Fossil fuels - Powered by wind and solar
    • Highly Persistent - Capable of several months at Sea
    • Easily Deployed from land, sea or air
    • Single Surface and Subsurface vehicle
    • Effective and Efficient Autonomy
  • The “Submaran” will be offered as a system for purchase or as a contracted service for gathering data.

Submaran UUSV


  • Surface – Wind propelled
  • Solar powered
  • Vehicle Speed – up to 6+ knots
  • Submerged – Wingsail folds down, keel up for hydrodynamic efficiency
  • Ballast controls buoyancy to submerge down to 200m (75 ft. 1stGeneration)
  • Buoyancy changing (gliding)
  • Auxiliary electric jet drive motors
  • Completely scalable design

Unmanned Underwater/Surface Vessel - UUSV


Unmanned Maritime Systems

2877 Historic Decatur, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92106

Eric Patten (Gov. & Defense)

Phone: 858-945-3768

E-Mail: [email protected]

Ken Childress (Commercial)

Phone: 206-409-6033

E-Mail: [email protected]