Liquid Robotics Wave Glider

The Wave Glider® revolutionises how we explore and understand the world’s oceans by gathering data in ways or locations previously too costly or challenging to operate in. Powered by wave and solar energy, the Wave Glider is an autonomous, unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that operates individually or in fleets delivering real-time data for up to a year with no fuel.


Wave Glider

The Wave Glider uses both wave and stored solar energy for forward propulsion, allowing it to travel tens of thousands of miles, collect data in the most demanding conditions, and deliver this data in real time. The Adaptive Modular Power System is designed to accommodate power hungry payloads (e.g. sonar) and support a wide array of sensors.With powerful computational capabilities for real-time on-board processing of large volumes of data at sea, the Wave Glider can transmit “just the answer” back to shore, representing a big step forward in unmanned ocean monitoring and exploration.

The Wave Glider is designed for long term operations, providing a truly 24/7 platform for up to 12 months with no fuel, emissions or crew. Over 1 million nautical miles have been travelled to date with operations through doldrums and hurricanes/typhoons.

Environmental Assessment

Meteorology & Oceanography – Deploying and maintaining buoys is expensive and lacks mobile observations. Wave Gliders combine mobility, on-station precision, and continuous operations to provide unique value and new insights with lower costs and risks than traditional approaches.

Fisheries Stock Management – Assessing fish stock and environmental variables is difficult and expensive with traditional approaches. Wave Gliders can produce better economic value and protect the environment.

Tsunami & Seismic Monitoring – Operating as the air-sea interface, Wave Gliders provide critical, real-time communications link between subsea sensors and operators on the surface or on shore.

Maritime Domain Awareness

The Wave Glider solves the cost and resource challenges facing maritime surveillance issues including border patrol, illegal fishing, drug and human trafficking, and the monitoring of marine protected areas (MPAs).

  • Deploy unmanned, autonomous fleets to detect vessels entering or operating in a monitored area.
  • Provide immediate alerts, and situational awareness. Collect historical data for pattern analysis.
  • Integrate unmanned operations with existing (surveillance and patrol) assets to act as a force multiplier.


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Coastal monitoring, Defence and security, Glider, Metocean, Ocean Research, Unmanned surface vehicle, Unmanned systems


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