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Ocean Aero, Inc.

Ocean Aero provides System as a Service (SaaS) ocean data gathering services based on our, robotic wind and solar powered marine platforms.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Industrial/Energy
  • Location San Diego, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded October 2012
  • Employees 3
  • Website

Company Summary

The need to understand and protect the worlds oceans is becoming increasingly more important. Ocean Aero has designed a “game changing” surface/sub-surface vessel, powered by wind and solar energy, capable of months at sea. For use by Commercial, Scientific and Government customers, the vessel will be delivered as a platform for purchase and as a part of a System as a Service (SaaS) fleet of “pay by the day” ocean data gathering vessels.


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    Mark Ott
    Chief Technology Officer

    Mark managed and coordinated all aspects of design, engineering and integration for a world class technical team under contract to the U.S. Navy. Under Mark’s direction the team successfully demonstrated to Navy program management several iterations of multi-hull, wing-sail driven robotic vessels. Mark is the co-creator and inventor on several U.S. patents for wind dirven unmanned marine vessels. Mark is co-developer of the Ocean Aero concept.

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    Ken Childress
    Vice President/Bus. Dev., Commercial

    Ken brings to the company more than twenty years of executive business experience in developing and managing high-technology businesses. In his capacity as Executive VP of Business Development for Harbor Wing Technologies, he was responsible for shaping and delivering the company’s message to potential users of its technology, interacting with the media and financial communities as well as managing overall marketing and business partnerships.

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    Vance McClure
    Chief Scientist

    Bud began his professional career with a National Science Foundation including his thesis work in quantum mechanics. He later worked for over eighteen years as a senior scientist with Scaled Composites LLC, solving problems such as aero-thermal analysis for SpaceShipOne. He exemplified the dedication and leadership required for complex engineering over a range of aeronautical engineering, design, thermodynamic, molecular and material sciences.

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    Patrick Wright
    Lead Project Manager

    Patrick brings to the company 25 years of experience designing and testing advanced air vehicles, manned and unmanned systems. He has worked almost exclusively in small companies – such as Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites and Paul MacCready’s AeroVironment -- that have a reputation for rapid, development of groundbreaking systems. During years at Scaled as a Project Engineer, the company flew a completely new aircraft design every nine months.

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    Eric Patten

    Prior to joining Ocean Aero, Eric was the Director, Defense and Intelligence Global Solutions for the geospatial technology leader Esri, where he led his team to build awareness of Esri's geospatial technology within the defense and intelligence communities worldwide. Before joining Esri in 2010, Eric served as a US Navy Captain with a 25-year career of distinguished service. His last assignment waw Director of Ops for the Navy Southwest region.