Navy drone swims like a shark to spy on foes
It is exhausting to covertly collect intelligence on the open seas; typical drones and submarines make it moderately apparent that one thing’s up. The US Navy may simply have a stealthier choice with its experimental GhostSwimmer drone, which lately completed exams. The 5 foot lengthy robotic seems to be and swims very similar to a shark, letting it spy on enemies (or examine pleasant ships) with out being conspicuous — so long as curious foes do not get too shut, anyway. It goes as deep as 300 ft, and it might function autonomously for lengthy sufficient that the Navy does not have to remain close by to maintain watch.
There are catches to this biomimetic machine: you have to be on a 500-foot tether to take care of direct management, and the untethered GhostSwimmer nonetheless must floor to transmit its findings. And easily talking, it isn’t prepared for motion but. The Navy hasn’t stated if or when its fish-like recon device will enter service. It is being developed at a analysis division targeted on fast turnarounds, nevertheless, so it will not be shocking if this robotic predator is quickly retaining an eye fixed out for hostile boats and mines.
[Image credit: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III/US Navy]