SeaDrone from Orobotix. (Photo: Brady Dale for Observer)
Elon Musk lands his rockets on drone ships. His company, SpaceX, uses giant autonomous barges to vertically land returning spacecraft on water, one of the most cinematic engineering feats of recent years. Yet despite these robot ships’ dramatic role, few other companies are working on putting drones in the sea.
That’s according to Eduardo Morena and Shuyun Chung, mechanical engineering grad students at Stanford University, and co-founders of Orobotix, an undersea drone company. The two intend to deploy drones into the aquaculture market, which grows 35 million metric tons of food each year.