HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
News
Electronics & Test
Navy Eyes Unmanned Vehicles for Dangerous Missions
4/17/2012

Textron Land and Marine System has successfully demonstrated its Custom Unmanned Surface Vessel, which it aims to sell to the US Navy to perform risky missions like minesweeping and approaching enemy sea vessels.   (Source: Textron)
Textron Land and Marine System has successfully demonstrated its Custom Unmanned Surface Vessel, which it aims to sell to the US Navy to perform risky missions like minesweeping and approaching enemy sea vessels.
(Source: Textron)

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 2/2
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
User Rank
Blogger
Ability to "right itself" from capsized condition
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/17/2012 3:43:11 PM
NO RATINGS
Not only the technology of being un-manned-(remarkable enough); but another technology (not described in much detail): An anti-sinking feature that enables the boat to automatically shut off, right itself, and resume its course if it capsizes. That is amazing!  How about commercializing that feature into mainstream yachting-?  Bet the captain of the Costa Concordia (the sunken Italian cruise ship) would have liked that feature?!

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Unmanned vehicles a natural for risky missions
naperlou   4/17/2012 9:51:16 AM
NO RATINGS
Beth, that is a good question.  Considering mine sweeping, approach to hostile ships, etc. this seems like a natural for this type of technology.  It also seems like it would be easier, since you are constrained in one dimension.  There may be other issues, or it may just be that the need has not been percieved. 

apresher
User Rank
Blogger
Unmanned Vehicles
apresher   4/17/2012 9:03:16 AM
NO RATINGS
Beth, This does look like an extension of their control technology for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) using a similar command and control system. Interesting technology.

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Unmanned vehicles a natural for risky missions
Beth Stackpole   4/17/2012 8:32:41 AM
NO RATINGS
Seems like a natural move to beef up technology to support unmanned sea vehicles for risky missions just like the Air Force uses UAVs. I'm curious why there hasn't been much real work in this area up until now. Are there more limitations?

<<  <  Page 2/2
Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
We take a look at 2015's top engineering schools by salary potential for undergraduate students.
If we are going to be creating a network that serves us, one of its most critical nodes will need to be ourselves. This is where wearable technology comes into play.
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
5/21/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
5/7/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/3/2015 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
6/11/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jun 8 - 12, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Filters
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Course June 2nd-4th:
Sponsored by Proto Labs
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service