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September 28, 2023

Jaia Robotics Receives NOAA SBIR Phase I Grant

Image courtesy Jaia Robotics

Image courtesy Jaia Robotics

Jaia Robotics, an emerging maker of low-cost, micro-sized aquatic drones (JaiaBots), announced a $174,948 SBIR Phase I grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Project is titled, “Sea Air Boundary Energy Transfer Measurements Using Micro-Sized UxVs".

Jaia will work with Jim Owens and his team at Nautilus Defense who will develop an instrumented parachute to support launching JaiaBots out of a P-3 SonoBuoy tube to collect Atmospheric Data. The JaiaBot will detach from the parachute to collect Sea Surface Data – including temperature, salinity, current vectors, wave heights and periodicity; and Sub Surface Data – including 100m profile dives, temperature, salinity, and sub surface current vectors.

“We are proud to be selected as one of 30 projects awarded SBIR Phase I funding this year, and plan to demonstrate project feasibility and apply for future Phase II funding in early 2024,” said Ian Estaphan Owen, CEO and Co-Founder of Jaia Roboticss “This NOAA supported work will help Jaia to further ruggedize the vehicles to expand observation in a wider range of environments. The strategy of deploying multiple sensors over a survey area to collect synoptic data above and below the surface is a game changer in terms of speed of observation, and real-time dynamic understanding of the environmental changes occurring throughout the volume of ocean being observed. The low cost per JaiaBot finally makes this an affordable reality” continued Ian.

Efforts to map the world’s oceans are ramping up, with new and emerging technologies leading the way.
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