After two years of negotiations, a deal has been signed for Boeing’s Echo Voyager
to become a tenant at AltaSea in San Pedro.
The formal announcement will be made Thursday by Los Angeles City
Councilman Joe Buscaino at his annual State of the District speech.
The 51-foot-long Voyager unmanned submarine, when it was stationed at
Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, conducted its first real-world trials in the San Pedro
Bay and off the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 2017. The robot submarine is designed
to stay underwater and explore the deep sea for months at a time.
Boeing will occupy space on the wharf within the AltaSea marine research
campus and already has begun working onsite.
The announcement had been expected, but finalizing the deal had taken longer
than anticipated. In June 2016, it was announced that Boeing would become an
anchor tenant at the 35-acre campus being built in refurbished warehouses on
wharf space Outer Harbor at 2456 Signal St. A final agreement was expected to
be signed by the end of 2016, according to a news report from two years ago.
“For decades, Boeing has been a world leader in aviation, aerospace, satellites
and other cutting-edge technologies,” AltaSea CEO Tim McOsker said in the
written statement. “Their investment in Echo Voyager is a ringing endorsement of
the opportunities we all see in exploring and understanding the oceans at our
Boeing joins SpaceX as a tenant at the groundbreaking campus that will feature
seawater laboratories, offices, a lecture hall, interpretive center and participation
from many of the region’s leading universities. Robert Ballard and his
exploration/research vessel Nautilus also is a winter tenant at AltaSea.
“With SpaceX coming to the Port of Los Angeles and Boeing coming to AltaSea,
San Pedro now becomes the new home to ocean and space exploration,”
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