US Navy tests underwater fish spy drone

Researchers from the US Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) and Boston Engineering have successfully tested the prototype of GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia.

Capable of being deployed to carry out underwater surveillance missions, the new underwater drone is the latest in a series of science-fiction-turned-reality projects developed by CRIC’s Silent NEMO project.

The new 5ft-long, 100lb drone can be controlled with a joystick or being coded to automatically swim autonomously. It features fins, tail and a realistic-looking nose, while can operate in depths as much as 300ft below the water surface.

“GhostSwimmer will allow the navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and sailors safe.”


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15 December 2014