Our Story

It all started when we decided that we wanted to try to send a solar powered robotic boat from Los Angeles to Hawaii.

It was a fun side project: build a small GPS-guided solar-powered boat and send it from Los Angeles to Hawaii, completely autonomously. We wanted to do something cool that had never been done before.

While researching components for the project, we realized that the limiting component was the thruster. We needed something high quality to resist saltwater, operate continuously, and be efficient for months on end. The least expensive options we could find were over $550 each, pushing us over our budget. Not to mention, these thrusters needed maintenance every 50 hours and were designed with outdated technology. As we did more research, we found that many people are building their own marine robots and are having the same problem. Most of them have simply given up or used less-than-ideal solutions, like using brushless motors directly in water that have to be replaced when they corrode. Some people tried to build their own thrusters, but with little success.

We set out to design a thruster that is affordable, reliable, and more capable than anything out there to enable these people and many more to explore the ocean. Now here we are.

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Meet Our Team



Founder and Engineer

Rusty has a background in aircraft design, subsea engineering, control systems, embedded electronics, and software. Before founding Blue Robotics, Rusty was part of a team designing, building, and testing a large-scale gas-powered multicopter for use by the military. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, both from the University of Southern California



Josh spends most of his time designing software and avionics for rockets at SpaceX, but contributes to the software and systems engineering at Blue Robotics. He has a background in electronics, software design, computer vision, and robotics. He has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a master’s degree in Intelligent Robotics from the University of Southern California.



Front End Business Manager

Elisa has a background in education, management, graphic design, business operations, and customer service. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.




Jonathan is a mechanical engineer with a background in picosatellites, autonomous surface vessels, subsea vehicles, and ASME, DNV, and ABS pressure vessel design. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.




Adam is a mechanical engineer and former member of a team that won First Place in the MATE International ROV Competition. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis.



Software Engineer

Jacob is a software engineer leading the development of ArduSub and other Blue Robotics software projects. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from George Mason University.

We also have an incredible team of technicians dedicated to building our products with care and ensuring that each and every one is built to the same high standards.

Articles and Links

October 2017
San Pedro Today: The New Frontier with Dr. Robert Ballard
September 2017
NASA JPL: Robot Spelunkers Go for a Dip
July 2017
MTR100 2017: Blue Robotics
April 2017
SeafoodSource: Drones Making Waves in Aquaculture
March 2017
Marine Technology Reporter: Southern California Technology Focus
January 2017
Eco Magazine: Marine Robotics Offers New Environmental Monitoring Tools
November 2016
Marine Technology Reporter: Blue Robotics BlueROV2
September 2016
Popular Mechanics: What Drones Did for the Sky, Robot Subs Are About to Do for the Sea
July 2016
Marine Technology News: Blue Robotics Launches New ROV: BlueROV2
June 2016
Adafruit Blog: BlueROV2 Subsea Drone Launching Soon with Extensive Feature Set
June 2016
Tek.no: Denne gir deg proff undervannsutforskning til en «overkommelig» pris
June 2016
Digital Trends: This underwater drone lets you explore the deep blue without getting wet
June 2016
Gizmag: “Underwater drone” channels your inner Cousteau
January 2016
ProtoLabs: Thrusters Make Waves in Marine Robotics
December 2015
Article by Sculpteo
August 2015
“Start-Up of the Year” in the MTR100
April 2015
Article in ROV Planet Magazine
August 2014
Kickstarter Campaign for the T100 Thruster
August 2014
Discussion on Hacker News
August 2014
Article on Engineering.com
June 2014
Article and podcast on MakePartsFast
June 2014
Proto Labs Case Study of the Blue Robotics T100 Thruster
May 2014
Proto Labs’ Cool Idea! Award: Blue Robotics T100 Thruster
May 2014
Presentation from MakerCon 2014 w/ Dragon Innovation