(Source: popularmechanics.com – Kyle Mizokami) – The U.S. Navy Wants To Fill Its Fleet With Robo-Ships
The NOMARS ships would be entirely unmanned and totally impervious to pandemics.

  • DARPA is working with the U.S. Navy to create a class of ships that would be completely unmanned.
  • If successful, it would represent a ten year leap over the current pace of technological development.
  • The Navy is still working on a separate project to develop optionally, or lightly manned warships.

The U.S. Navy is teaming up with DARPA to develop autonomous, robotic ships that are completely human free. The NOMARS (No Mariners Required Ship) concept, if successful, would be a huge leap over current unmanned surface vessel development efforts. The result could be a warship able to do the tedious, dangerous, and dirty jobs all by itself, keeping human-crewed ships safe from harm—and boredom.

The Navy, struggling to grow the fleet on a flat defense budget, is making a big push into unmanned surface vessels, or USVs. (…)

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