Navy, Industry Pursuing Autonomy Software, Reliable HM&E Systems for Unmanned Ships

Medium displacement unmanned surface vehicle (MDUSV) prototype Sea Hunter pulls into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI, on October 31, 2018 (U.S. Navy photo).

Medium displacement unmanned surface vehicle (MDUSV) prototype Sea Hunter pulls into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI, on October 31, 2018 (U.S. Navy photo).

February 11, 2020 | Source: UNSI News, Megan Eckstein, 31 January 2020

ARLINGTON, VA – As the U.S. Navy moves forward with unmanned surface and undersea vessels in a range of sizes for myriad missions, some things remain constant among the vehicles: they will all need to continue making improvements in autonomy, the will all need parts that are reliable enough to go without human intervention for weeks or months at a time, and the will all need power sources for their long journeys.

The Navy and its industry partners, even as they work through the acquisition and development of specific programs, are hard at work tackling the “foundational” technology areas that cut across programs.

 

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