The U.S. Navy has developed a new unmanned underwater vehicle that looks and swims like a shark.
The U.S. Navy’s new robot shark, called GhostSwimmer, is 5 feet long and weighs about 100 pounds, making it about the size of an albacore tuna, according to Wired. The robot uses its tail for propulsion. Because it looks and moves like a real fish, the GhostSwimmer is hard to spot and thus ideally suited for surveillance missions
The robot can operate in depths ranging from 10 inches to 300 feet. It can be controlled via a 500-foot-long tether and transmit video and data in real time. It can also be launched without a tether and transmit data when it surfaces after underwater missions, Gizmag reported.
The robot will be used for “surveillance, mine countermeasures, port security, and other defense and homeland security initiatives,” the U.S. Navy said in a statement according to the Register. The GhostSwimmer is part of the Silent NEMO project, which draws inspiration from objects in the natural world to make robotic designs.
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