USNavy's robotic warship to begin sea trials

Tedminator

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Hey hey, Sea Hunter passed first phase of trials... it didn't blow up and sink. Next phase is underway testing its sensors..


Navy Recognition

The completion of Sea Hunter's performance trials is the first milestone in the two-year test program co-sponsored by DARPA and the Office of Naval Research. Testing in upcoming months is scheduled to include testing of sensors, the vessel's autonomy suite, compliance with maritime collision regulations, and proof-of-concept demonstrations for a variety of U.S. Navy missions.

The 132-foot trimaran, christened Sea Hunter at a ceremony in April, met or surpassed all performance objectives for speed, maneuverability, stability, seakeeping, acceleration/deceleration, and fuel consumption, as well as establishing confidence in mechanical systems reliability in an open-ocean environment. Sea Hunter is designed to operate for extended periods at sea with no person on board and only sparse supervisory control throughout deployment. While initial vessel tests require a pilot on board the ship, later tests are planned to have no personnel on board.
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And if you think 40 tons of diesel is a lot of gas, just try to imagine how much a carrier battle group burns.

Drones/Unmanned vehicles are the future.

Unmanned combat airplanes, unmanned land fighting vehicles, unmanned sea vehicles...

I still think the F-35 may be the last manned combat aircraft deployed by our military.
Let's hope so.
 

Tedminator

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woot! Sea Hunter just did a CA to HI and back trip..


A Navy Ship Sailed to Hawaii and Back With No One on Board
A 132-foot-long self-driving ship made history by traveling from San Diego to Hawaii's Pearl Harbor and back again without sailors aboard to guide its way.

The Sea Hunter, an autonomous trimaran developed for submarine hunting and counter-mine missions, traveled thousands of miles between San Diego and Pearl Harbor last month. Naval News was first to report on the ship's breakthrough voyage.

Crew members from an escort vessel boarded the Sea Hunter for short durations to check electrical and propulsion systems, according to a press release from Leidos, a science and technology company that designed and built the Sea Hunter. For most of the voyage, though, the ship was unmanned.
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