The US Navy is aiming within the next 10 years to be able deploy unmanned, underwater pods where robotic mini-subs can recharge undetected and securely upload intelligence to Navy networks. “It’s a 7-Eleven underwater,” for robots, programmer manager Mike Wardlaw, of the Navy’s Forward-Deployed Energy and Communications Outpost (FDECO), told Breaking Defense.
The pods will allow the unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to dock, recharge, upload data and download new orders before shoving off again. FDECO will be designed to overcome the two main limitations on UUVs: power and communications. Continue reading