Engineers developing self-sailing drone technology in warehouse space
Mechanical engineers Richard Jenkins and Daryl Owens are crafting the future at Alameda Point. Their company Saildrone designs and builds drones — not those that fly above us, but those that can sustain themselves on the open sea and that are capable of carrying payloads as heavy as 220 pounds. The design of the company’s 19-foot-long, 7-foot-wide vessels allows these drones to sail in shallow waters and through marine debris, enabling them to go where ships cannot.
Replacing the antiquated underground infrastructure at Alameda Point will be accomplished slowly through the sale of parcels owned by the city.
California Governor Gavin Newsom visited Astra Space, Inc.’s headquarters in Alameda last month to tour the company’s facility.
The nationally acclaimed theatrical production company, We Players, will premiere its newest play, The Keeper, Friday, May 27 at Alameda Point in the courtyard of Building 16 at the corner of West Essex Drive and Saratoga Street.
Naval Air Station-Alameda gained notoriety as a refuge for the endangered California Least Tern when the base closed in 1997. More than 500 acres were dedicated to protecting the terns’ adopted nesting site next to a runway formerly used by jet aircraft.
About 240 students from Eldorado Middle School in Concord visited Alameda Point to observe harbor seals on March 22. The school participates in an educational program sponsored by the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito called Ocean Ambassadors.