Open Ocean Robotics, in collaboration with the 1stMission team, has been selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as one of the winners of the three Multiple Award IDIQ contracts. These contracts, facilitated by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), cover Meteorological and Oceanographic Observations, Research and Studies on Living Marine Resources, and Ocean Exploration and Characterization.

Thanks to these contracts, Open Ocean Robotics will be able to provide Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) services to NOAA, enhancing its capacity for coastal and ocean monitoring. This partnership will enable simultaneous collection of oceanographic and atmospheric data, supporting various initiatives such as research, exploration, maritime domain awareness, environmental protection, and weather forecasting.

The ordering period for the contracts is three years, starting on September 1, 2023, and ending on August 31, 2026. This collaboration has the potential to generate significant revenue for Open Ocean Robotics and the 1stMission team. It highlights Open Ocean Robotics’ commitment to advancing ocean science and environmental stewardship through innovative UMS solutions.

“We are excited to collaborate with NOAA on this endeavor,” said Andy Ziegwied, Director of Sales at Open Ocean Robotics. “This award is a testament to NOAA’s confidence in our capabilities and our strategic partnership with the 1stMission team. Together, we aim to contribute to NOAA’s mission of understanding and conserving the nation’s marine resources, which represents a significant step in our mission to advance marine technology and create a more sustainable future for our oceans.”

This partnership between Open Ocean Robotics and NOAA will greatly enhance NOAA’s ability to monitor and study the oceans, thus promoting its mission to protect and conserve our marine resources. It represents a major milestone in advancing marine technology and promoting environmental sustainability.

– NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration): A United States government agency responsible for monitoring, studying, and protecting the oceans and atmosphere.
– Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS): Autonomous or remotely-controlled systems used for various maritime applications.

– The Maritime Executive (Source)