US Navy Tests Shark-Like Underwater Drone

18.12.2014 Products
US Navy Tests Shark-Like Underwater Drone

US Navy Tests Shark-Like Underwater Drone

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The US Navy has completed the testing of an experimental shark-like Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) to be used for intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance and inspecting ship hulls, a US Navy Public Affairs report says.

Dubbed the GhostSwimmer, the UUV uses biomimicry and “is the latest in a series of science-fiction-turned-reality projects” according to the Navy report issued Friday.

The first GhostSwimmer tests led to the successful gathering of data on tides, currents, wakes, and weather.

The GhostSwimmer is 5 feet (about 1.5 meters) long and weighs 100 pounds (45 kilograms). It can dive to depths of 300 feet (91 meters) and can operate autonomously or be tied to a tether in order to transfer data to the operator.

The UUV mimics the movement of a large fish, which makes it difficult to detect. The GhostSwimmer is part of the US Navy's Silent NEMO project, an experimental effort to use biomimicry for underwater vehicles.

Photo:AP/US Navy, John F. Williams


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