Robotic Ship Completes First Tests At Sea
Preliminary tests at sea have been successfully completed by the oceans newest predator, a robotic ship designed to help the US military hunt enemy submarines.The Robotic ship is named “Sea Hunter” and is the 132-foot (40 meters). The project is yet in its early phase, though tests off the coast of San Diego have steered the project on course to enter the U.S Navys fleet by 2018 as confirmed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for developing new technologies for the military.Representatives from Leidos, the company developing the Sea Hunter, said in a statement about the Sea Hunter “surpassed all performance objectives for speed, maneuverability, stability, seakeeping, acceleration/deceleration and fuel consumption.”
Ever since the naming of the robotic ship back in April this year, its part of DARPA’S initiative to expand the use of artificial intelligence in the military. The chief assignment of the robotic ship will be to seek out and neutralize enemy submarines, according to the agency. Initial tests are conducted using a pilot on the ship, but very soon he will not be seen as the Sea Hunter is designed for autonomous missions.
Sea hunter will be equipped with an artificial intelligence software which will continuously navigate it safely around other ships and in rough waters.The technology present on Sea Hunter also allows for remote guidance if a specific mission requires it.
Leidos officials said in the statement-“When the Sea Hunter is fully operational, it will be able to stay at sea for three months with no crew and very little remote control, which can be done from thousands of miles away,” Leidos officials said in the statement.
The Sea Hunter will have to pass various tests over the period of two years. These tests will be conducted jointly by DARPA and the Official of Naval Research. These tests will include assessments of the ship’s sensors, the vessel’s autonomous controls and more.
DARPA is also working on yet another Projects driven by AI which includes a potential robot battlefield manager that helps decide the next move in a space war, and an AI technology that could decode enemy messages during air reconnaissance missions.