Our story

We want to make the beauty of the oceans, and the dangers they face, visible for everyone - everywhere.

Blueye has its roots in the highly renowned Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS) at NTNU in Norway.

Exceptional user experience and attractiveness have been the overarching design goals since the beginning. Together with world-leading marine engineers and award-winning industrial designers, we have in three years created what we strongly believe is the world’s best underwater drone, the Blueye Pioneer.

The Blueye Pioneer is just the beginning of what is to come. It is our launch product, and the Blueye Team is looking forward to completely altering the way people interact with the world below the surface through our products, technology and inspirational storytelling!

Our history

The story of Blueye started early 2014. Erik Dyrkoren was working on the idea behind Blueye at Marintek and NTNU Amos where he met Martin Ludvigsen, Professor of Underwater Technology at NTNU. Together with students, they developed what came to be the first prototype. During the first testing of the prototype on board NTNU's research vessel Gunnerus, they met Christine Spiten, who was on a field study for her Master's thesis on underwater drones. They quickly discovered that they had a shared vision and wanted to make underwater exploration available to everyone. Let's do it!

On the road to creating the company Erik, Martin and Christine connected with angel investor Erik Haugane (now chairman of the board) and together they founded Blueye Robotics in June 2015!

By the end of 2018, the Blueye Team consists of over 20 dedicated experts from eight different countries, working on many levels of software, robotics, mechanical- and industrial design, underwater technology, graphical design and business development. Among us are passionate ocean people; be it sailors, cave divers or shark divers. In general, Blueye consists of people who care for the ocean and have a strong wish to share ocean experience.

The Blueye Pioneer

The Blueye Team believes that by empowering people to view, explore and learn about the ocean, people will connect with it and care for it too. This is the reason why the Blueye founders set out on the mission to create and to share the ultimate underwater experience through great product design. Our wish is to let anyone enter the ocean and take part in the element we all come from.

We developed the first underwater drone prototype in only 10 weeks - just in time for it's first expedition across the Atlantic Sea on a sailboat sailing from Africa to Brazil with Co-Founder Christine Spiten to map marine litter and micro-plastics.

It took a little over three years of development and seven iterations before the first drones came off the assembly line and were shipped to the first customers. At which time, we had already received over 600 pre-orders from customers worldwide.

All design and development of the Blueye Pioneer underwater drone have taken place in Trondheim, Norway. It is designed for optimal performance in all conditions, from the Arctic oceans to tropical waters, and all the way down to 150 m below the surface.

The drone moves with total stability due to its vertical design. Combined with the auto heading and auto depth features, the Blueye Pioneer is exceptionally easy to operate through the Blueye App. There is no need for extensive training. With the accompanied MovieMask Premium Blueye edition, the diving experience gets even more immersive.

The camera captures video footage in full HD quality even in the deep dark sea - thanks to the powerful LED lights. Through the Blueye App, users can choose settings for both camera and light. With 2 hours of battery time, the Blueye Pioneer can be applied to many different use cases.

Blueye Team

  • Erik Dyrkoren
    Erik Dyrkoren
    Founder & CEO
  • Christian Gabrielsen
    Christian Gabrielsen
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Jonas Follesø
    Jonas Follesø
    Chief Technology Officer
  • Edvard Nore
    Edvard Nore
    Sales Manager
  • Christine Spiten
    Christine Spiten
    Co-Founder
  • Ane Mengshoel
    Ane Mengshoel
    Project Manager
  • Tim Keast
    Tim Keast
    Production Manager
  • Borja Serra
    Borja Serra
    Electrical Engineer
  • Bo Peng
    Bo Peng
    Electrical Engineer
  • Rune Hansen
    Rune Hansen
    Industrial Design Engineer
  • Andreas Viggen
    Andreas Viggen
    Control System Engineer
  •  Andre Marquardt
    Andre Marquardt
    Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Johannes  Schrimpf, Ph.D.
    Johannes Schrimpf, Ph.D.
    Real-Time Control Engineer
  • Radu Toma
    Radu Toma
    Firmware Developer
  • Sindre Hansen
    Sindre Hansen
    Firmware Developer
  • Knut Jarle Lysklett
    Knut Jarle Lysklett
    Customer Relationship Manager
  • Joachim Reiten Arntzen
    Joachim Reiten Arntzen
    Laboratory Engineer
  • Alexander G. Vedeler
    Alexander G. Vedeler
    Camera Engineer
  • Jakob Andren
    Jakob Andren
    Control System Engineer
  • Marit Røkenes
    Marit Røkenes
    Graphic Designer
  • Oda Ryggen
    Oda Ryggen
    Digital Marketer
  • Lill Eva Bråten
    Lill Eva Bråten
    Office Manager
  • Harald Svensen
    Harald Svensen
    Maritime Consultant

Interns

  • Mons Alexander Langaard
    Mons Alexander Langaard
    MSc Student at NTNU School of Entrepreneurship
  • Johan Loe Kvalberg
    Johan Loe Kvalberg
    MSc Student at NTNU Marine Cybernetics
  • Aksel Sætre Lenes
    Aksel Sætre Lenes
    MSc Student at NTNU Cybernetics and Robotics
  • Erlend Eriksen
    Erlend Eriksen
    MSc Student at NTNU Cybernetics and Robotics

Board of directors

Introducing the Blueye Pioneer Underwater Drone

Product video introducing the Blueye Pioneer Underwater Drone and some of its key features.