Seasats

Deep Experience in Ocean Autonomy

Seasats has roots in a garage project that made international news

Founders

Mike Flanigan
Dylan Rodriguez
Max Kramers
Dan Flanigan
Founder Emeritus

The Team

Nicolas Delfino
Electronics Engineering
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Jessica Hulsey
Business Development and Strategy
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Jordan Keohane
Engineering & Composites
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Declan Kerwin
Operations and Business Development
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Jack Kingston
Engineering and Composites
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Justin Mendham
Engineering & Composites
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Erin Meyer
Software Development
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Will Suto
Composite Manufacturing
Neil Trenaman
Business Development and Strategy
Henry Wilson
Electronics Manufacturing
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Advisory Board

Keith Masback
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.
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Ellen Chang
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.
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Andrew Burcham
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.
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Maxwell Brown
A serial entrepreneur and investor, Maxwell has a network spanning disparate verticals in commercial industries and the US Government Interagency. 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.
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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 projects across various industries, raised capital, garnered additional media attention, and more than doubled in headcount.