AltaSea, Buscaino Announce $150,000 Grant; Boeing Echo Voyager Becomes Tenant
State of the 15th District Event Announcements Show AltaSea’s Continued Growth and Relationships
SAN PEDRO, CALIF. – Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino announced a
$150,000 grant towards the Doors to the Future campaign of AltaSea at the Port
of Los Angeles during his annual State of the District event today in San Pedro.
“AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is all about opening doors to the future of our
harbor, our city, our region and our planet,” Buscaino said. “It’s vital that we
support this focused effort with real resources that allow it to help build the
infrastructure of ocean-‐focused research, sustainable jobs and STEM-‐based
education that can help us all succeed. I’m delighted to be able to support AltaSea
in such a tangible way by sponsoring Door 15.”
Councilmember Buscaino is sponsoring Door 15 at AltaSea in honor of Los Angeles
Council District 15, which is the area that he represents. The district runs from the
Harbor area to South Los Angeles.
“Councilmember Buscaino has been a prominent and steadfast supporter of
AltaSea for years,” said Doane Liu, chairman of the AltaSea board. “With this
donation, he has furthered his commitment in a major way to our shared vision of
the Port of Los Angeles and the future of our city. All of us at AltaSea are grateful
for this and so much else that Councilmember Buscaino has done.”
Buscaino joins a distinguished group of donors to the Doors to the Future
program, which helps fund development of AltaSea’s campus for ocean-‐related
scientific research, education and business development.
Other Doors to the Future donors include Dr. Geraldine Knatz, Tim and Neva
Disney, Morton La Kretz, Wayne Blank, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert
Foundation, and Gafcon.
Also at the State of the District event, AltaSea and aerospace giant the Boeing
Company jointly announced a new agreement:
“The Boeing Company and AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles are pleased to
announce that they have reached an agreement for Boeing to occupy space on
the wharf and water within the AltaSea campus. Boeing will operate its Echo
Voyager, an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV), at AltaSea for this planned test
“AltaSea is delighted to welcome Boeing’s remarkable Echo Voyager unmanned
undersea vehicle to our campus,” said AltaSea CEO Tim McOsker. “For decades,
Boeing has been a world leader in aviation, aerospace, satellites and other
cutting-‐edge technologies. Their investment in Echo Voyager is a ringing
endorsement of the opportunities we all see in exploring and understanding the
oceans at our doorstep.”
Buscaino added, “With Space X coming to the Port of Los Angeles and Boeing
coming to AltaSea, San Pedro now becomes the new home to ocean and space
Boeing is already on site at AltaSea under terms of the agreement. The Echo
Voyager is part of a family of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV) developed by
Boeing in recent years.
The 50-ton Echo Voyager is termed an Extra Large UUV, designed to be launched
from a pier instead of a boat. Its much larger size allows the Echo Voyager to carry
significantly bigger payloads and propulsion/fuel systems.
Accordingly, the Echo Voyager can spend many months at a time underwater,
with a range of 6,500 miles, all without need of a costly on-‐site support ship and
The Echo Voyager relies on sophisticated navigation capabilities and a
rechargeable hybrid propulsion system to travel across the ocean without
refueling its 1,000-gallon tank. The base of Echo Voyager is 51 feet long and can
add a payload of as much as 34 more feet in length weighing as much as 8 tons.
The UUV is designed to operate as deep as 11,000 feet beneath the surface,
mapping the ocean floor, inspecting infrastructure, sampling ocean conditions
and then surfacing far from shore to relay data to communications satellites.
AltaSea’s tenants are clustered in two areas of the blue economy: sustainable
aquaculture and blue robotics and technologies. Other tenants at AltaSea include
Catalina Sea Ranch, Dr. Robert Ballard’s Ocean Exploration Trust, Blue Robotics
and Braid Theory. The La Kretz Blue Economy Incubator is also being developed in
About AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles
AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles accelerates scientific collaboration, facilitates
job creation and inspires the next generation for a more sustainable ocean. Built
on a historic pier with access to the deep ocean, AltaSea’s 35-acre campus brings
people together to expand science-‐based understanding of the ocean; incubate
and sustain ocean-‐related business; and pioneer new ocean-related education
programs. For more information, please visit www.AltaSea.org.
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AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles