Latest in Gear

Image credit: DARPA

DARPA to unveil its 130-foot unmanned robot ship in April

The christening will happen in Portland, Oregon.
3 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

DARPA

DARPA is christening its autonomous robot ship in April, the agency's director, Arati Prabhakar, has revealed at a media roundtable. That's the same submarine-hunting drone defense contractor Leidos began building in 2014, and the same one that will be steered by software you might have helped develop a few years ago. ACTUV (an acronym for its rather unweildy name: the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel) is 132-foot long and weighs 140 tons.

It's designed to be completely autonomous, as that will save the agency a bunch of money. Based on the details DARPA previously shared, the US Navy will deploy sonar buoys to give the drone an idea on where to go. After that, the ship will take over, using long/short-range sonar to detect stealthy diesel electric submarines and follow them around for months. Besides hounding foreign submarines, it can also be used for reconnaissance, to deliver supplies to other ships and counter undersea mines.

After ACTUV's unveiling and christening in Portland, Oregon, the agency will start demonstrating its long-range capabilities over the course of 18 months. That's not all Director Prabhakar announced at the media gathering, though. She also talked about DARPA's funding and other projects for 2017, including its plans to "launch 100 satellites in a 10-day period" using its XS-1 reusable aircraft.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
3 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Cruise's self-driving electric shuttle is made for ridesharing

Cruise's self-driving electric shuttle is made for ridesharing

View
Verizon promo gives gigabit Fios customers free Google Stadia bundles

Verizon promo gives gigabit Fios customers free Google Stadia bundles

View
Boeing doesn't expect the 737 Max to resume flying before mid-2020

Boeing doesn't expect the 737 Max to resume flying before mid-2020

View
Vodafone is the latest to leave Facebook's Libra Association

Vodafone is the latest to leave Facebook's Libra Association

View
Some Under Armour fitness devices lose their smarts on March 31st

Some Under Armour fitness devices lose their smarts on March 31st

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr