Category: Underwater technology

Reducing the human risk – an unnamed underwater vehicle called Robot Shark

An unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) called “Ghost Swimmer” invented by U.S. Navy, which looks and moves like a shark. This mission weighted up to 100 pounds, 5 feet long and can reach up to 300 feet depth; speed of the vehicle is nearly 30mph. This device is used to collect the weather data underwater and transmitted in the real time operation.

Michael Rufo, director of the Advanced Systems Group at Boston Engineering and also designed that vehicle, said “It swims just like a normal fish does by oscillating its tail fin back and forth,” he also added “Ghost Swimmer will allow the Navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and Sailors safe.”

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The robot shark uses its tail for moving forward and pectoral and dorsal fins also present like a real fish. This vehicle controlled by remote via a 500 ft tether.

In a succession of Navy projects that bring science invention to life. Reducing the human risk is the key for the mission.

Japan Releases Future Plan – Ocean Spirals – Underwater City

A Japanese construction company – Shimizu Corporation planned to construct a city underwater of $26 billion, which can hold up to 5,000 people. The underwater city will be contained inside a giant sphere and house developments where citizens can live and also spend their time off.

Underwater-City

The city will float on the surface of the water because it takes the advantage of sunlight but residents will be able to travel down a 14-kilometre spiral path when bad weather hits. The Ocean Spiral venture envisages using huge spirals to connect each waterproof residential sphere to the ocean floor, where it would generate power in the form of methane-producing micro-organism factories.

Ocean-Spiral

Other uncommon materials from the earth could also be mined from the seabed, and transportation to get down there would come in the form of spheres travelling along the length of the spiral.

Hideo Imamura is a spokesman for the company Shimizu, told to the Guardian: “This is a real goal, not a pipe dream. The Astro Boy cartoon character had a mobile phone long before they were actually invented – in the same way, the technology and know how we need for this project will become available.” Company Shimizu said “if the project gets the green light, the city could be in place by 2030.”