Seasats

Deep Experience in Ocean Autonomy

Seasats has roots in a garage project that made international news

Founders

Mike Flanigan Headshot
Mike leads customer success and vehicle software.
Before Seasats, he worked on Ocean Aero's mechanical design and at DMC automating systems for Tesla and other clients. Mike has a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in robotics.
Mike Flanigan
CEO
Dylan Rodriguez Headshot
Dylan leads electronics design, UI development, and project road-mapping.
He was previously employee #1 and electronics team lead at Ocean Aero. He also worked on Volansi UAVs and numerous other projects. He has a B.S in Management Engineering. 
Dylan Rodriguez
CTO
Max Kramers Headshot
Max leads vehicle design, structures, and fabrication.
He has completed design and fabrication projects with high-profile clients across marine and aerospace industries. Past projects include America's Cup racing yachts and an electric carbon-fiber hydrofoiler. Max has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a high-energy dog.
Max Kramers
COE
Dan Flanigan Headshot
Dan previously worked as a composite structural engineer for offshore racing boats and founded a successful engineering R&D company. He holds a B.S. in Structural Engineering and an M.S. in Naval Architecture.
Dan Flanigan
Founder Emeritus

The Team

Nicolas Delfino Headshot

Scaling electronics production and oceanographic data visualizations.

Into marine technology, electronics, and recently photography.

Nicolas Delfino
Declan Kerwin Headshot

Building the Seasats brand and maintaining smooth company operations.

Trained in business and engineering; fan of bicycles, climbing, and beaches.

Declan Kerwin
Jack Kingston Headshot

Creating reliable and scalable composite fabrication processes.

Expert in surface/subsurface autonomous vehicles. Builds and drives RC vehicles across air, land and sea.

Jack Kingston
Erin Meyer Headshot

Leading vehicle software development to new horizons by adding reliability, increasing performance, and squashing bugs.

Experience at Blue Origin, DMC, Boeing, + more.

Erin Meyer
Mike Ohradzansky Headshot

Developing perception algorithms that help Seasats' vehicles understand the world.

PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering; prize winner in DARPA Subterranean Robotics challenge.

Michael Ohradzansky
Will Suto Headshot

Pushing boundaries in building and testing autonomous ocean vehicles while maintaining unshakeable composure.

Professional sailor; more than 50,000 miles of offshore experience and a TransPac record.

Will Suto
Neil Trenaman Headshot

Transforming ocean sensing by connecting customers and Seasats for novel missions.

Decades of international experience in physical oceanography, business development, and surfing.

Neil Trenaman

Advisory Board

Keith Masback Headshot
Keith is the former President and CEO of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and a U.S. Army veteran. He has held senior roles in the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and been an advisor for NOAA and numerous other organizations.
Keith Masback
Ellen Chang Headshot
Ellen currently directs the naval portfolio at BMNT Inc. She is a 20-year naval intelligence veteran, former Director of Advanced Systems at Northrop Grumman, and a founder in the aviation industry. She has also held senior roles at JP Morgan and Cognitive Medical Solutions.
Ellen Chang
Andrew Burcham Headshot
Andrew is the former Head of Business Development at Liquid Robotics, where he was instrumental in managing the company’s relationship with Boeing and led their global defense sales. He was previously a Program Manager at NIWC and a Navy civilian research diver. He is currently a VP at Terradepth.
Andrew Burcham
Headshot of Maxwell Brown

A serial entrepreneur and investor, Maxwell specializes in integrating products in complex US National Security systems. His global networks spans disparate verticals in commercial industries and the US Government Interagency, creating dual-use value. Expertise in startups, space tech, cybersecurity, defense policy, and military operations come from roles as a founder, product manager, Navy Intelligence Officer, and Mandarin-speaking East Asia researcher.

Maxwell Brown

The Seasats Story

It all began in Tiverton, Rhode Island, when a group of young engineers floated the idea of sending messages to a friend in Spain via autonomous boat. Since they had sailing experience and a history of ambitious projects, the idea quickly moved from a joke to initial designs.

The SCOUT Transatlantic project entered the water two years later with support from local and online communities. Over the next few months, the vessel set a new record for an autonomous surface voyage and received attention from news outlets around the world.

After the project wrapped up, the SCOUT team split up for school and jobs across the country, but ocean autonomy remained in the backs of their minds.

By 2019, the team’s members had built years of experience at innovative organizations. While they worked, the need for reliable, affordable, and sustainable ocean operations continued to increase. Autonomous surface vehicles had potential, but execution seemed to be lacking.

In 2020, the team reunited in San Diego to found SeaSatellites, Inc (“Seasats”) with a goal of providing an easy-to-use alternative to the complex and expensive options that dominated the market at the time. This was accomplished through a ground-up redesign that combines expert naval architecture with cutting-edge software and electronics.

Five people stand next to the SCOUT autonomous surface vehicle
Five people and a dog stand next to an autonomous surface vehicle in a building

The goal of simple reliability resonated. Within months, Seasats was completing pilot missions with the Scripps Institution and demonstrating for the US Navy. In summer 2021, the company’s fundamental focus on scalability led Seasats to participate in Techstars, one of the most prestigious startup accelerators in the world. The company has since completed multiple projects and closed a pre-seed investment round.

With an expert team, insightful advisors, and a clear vision for the future, Seasats is ready to revolutionize ocean operations.

Key Contributors

Brendan Prior Headshot

Brendan was one of the core team members behind the Scout project. He's a skilled waterman in every way who started his own marine services company, Waterman Marine LLC, and hosted a Seasats prototype build in the Waterman facility. He is now a manager at Bristol Marine.

Brendan Prior
Tom Schindler Headshot
Tom is a skilled software developer who has worked for NUWC and lends strategic perspective for Navy proposals. He played a crucial role in the Scout project by pulling a legendary 24-hour push to get the tracking software running just in time for launch.
Tom Schindler