The producer of our science-fiction dreams, DARPA, has been busy. It recently announced plans to develop an underwater “mothership” that would be capable of launching unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) from below the surface of the ocean.
“The Hydra large UUV is to use modular payloads inside a standardized enclosure to deploy a mix of UAVs and UUVs, depending on the military situation. Hydra will integrate existing and emerging technologies in new ways to create an alternate means of delivering a variety of payloads close to where they’re needed.”
Still in its infancy, the Hydra would allow the U.S. Navy to deploy drones anywhere in the world without the need for either ground bases, or aircraft carriers. One such drone that would be compatible is Raytheon’s minature Switchblade “kamikaze” drone, which could conceivably launched from ports on the side of the Hydra.
And if the Hydra can’t reach you, maybe the RHex can, developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.