Anchorage, AK, USA The CEO of Exocetus Development LLC, Dr. Joe Imlach, announced that Exocetus has purchased all the assets, intellectual property [2 patents and 1 pending] and technology for the Littoral Glider [LG] from ANT [formerly Alaska Native Technologies LLC]. The manufacture of the Exocetus gliders will continue to be based in Anchorage, Alaska.
These LG gliders were developed under funding from the Office of Naval Research during a 6-year period and will now be named Exocetus Coastal Gliders. Twelve of these gliders were delivered to the US Navy during this 6-year period to be used as demonstration units for potential US customers -- both military and research institutions. To date, this glider model has more than 5,500 hours of at-sea operation.
The Exocetus [x-o-seat-us is the name of a flying fish] glider has been renamed the Exocetus Coastal Glider and will be manufactured in the Exocetus facility at 1444 East 9th Ave, Anchorage, AK, 99501, USA. The initial primary market for these Exocetus Coastal Gliders is coastal regions where conditions of hypoxia are prevalent during the warm months of the year. There are more than 200 regions of eutrophication and hypoxia throughout the coastal areas of the world. Another near-term market for the Exocetus Coastal Glider will be for research institutes studying ocean acidification.
Dr. Imlach also announced that Mr. Ray Mahr will be responsible for sales of the Exocetus Coastal Gliders in the US and Canada. He has also established a growing network of international agents to market and sell Exocetus Coastal Gliders in these countries: Australia, Chile, China, Central America, Estonia, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Singapore, Turkey, and the UK. New agents are being sought in Brazil, France, the Middle East, Israel, Russia, Scandinavia, Taiwan, South Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Dr. Imlach was previously the Chief Mechanical Engineer of ANT and has more than 25 years of experience in conducting R&D programs for both the federal and private sector. Mr. Mahr has been developing, manufacturing and selling oceanographic instrumentation for the past 25 years. His prior experience includes many years of working directly for US Navy R&D laboratories and as an outside consultant for these labs.