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(RoboFish) Homeland Security to Deploy Underwater Drones that Mimic Tuna Fish
DVICE ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Adario Strange

Posted on 11/30/2012 9:57:48 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Homeland Security's RoboFish drone

Homeland Security to deploy underwater drones that mimic tuna fish

With even gossip magazines being (falsely) accused of wanting to deploy aerial drones, it seems like the only place you might be able to escape robotic scrutiny would be somewhere far off at sea. Turns out: not true.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has funded a new underwater robot that can find you even in your underwater lair.

The BIOSwimmer was developed by Boston Engineering Corporation's Advanced Systems Group (ASG) as an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) modeled after the shape and swimming mechanics of a tuna fish. According to the DHS, the tuna framework makes the drone perfect for inspecting hard to reach areas in submerged ships and harbors, as well as offering a natural looking design for covert security missions.

The drone can be controlled from a standard laptop computer and is equipped with a battery designed to allow it to remain in remote locations for long durations. ASG director Mike Rufo said, "[The BIOSwimmer] is designed to support a variety of tactical missions and with its interchangeable sensor payloads and reconfigurable Operator Controls, can be optimized on a per-mission basis."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; dhs; drone; homelandsecurity; robofish; robots; technology; underwaterrobot; uuv
Never Fork Your Fish

New addage ... You Can Tune a Drone, But You Can't Tuna Fish

1 posted on 11/30/2012 9:58:10 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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Related YouTube video (for the drone, NOT REO Speedwagon songs) ...

Olin SCOPE Robotics clips

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDitxrXeYnA&feature=player_embedded


2 posted on 11/30/2012 9:59:50 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

We had something like that back in the 1970’s called “Captor” where these drone torpedoes would lay at the bottom of the ocean. In wartime, they would be activated and they would use their computer programming of stored Soviet ships and subs sound signatures to track, pursue and sink them.


3 posted on 11/30/2012 10:04:38 PM PST by Nowhere Man (It is about time we re-enact Normandy, at the shores of the Potomac.)
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To: Nowhere Man
asroc We had something similar too (upgraded?) on my ship in the 1980s ... ASROC
4 posted on 11/30/2012 10:16:44 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Note to self...keep turn down the music in my underwater lair.


5 posted on 11/30/2012 10:40:54 PM PST by Blackirish
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To: DogByte6RER

Our cats want to know why we’re paying for fake tunas when there’s plenty of real ones we could buy them instead?


6 posted on 11/30/2012 11:01:14 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: DogByte6RER

7 posted on 11/30/2012 11:01:35 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: DogByte6RER

Secret Agent Maxwell Smart would be right at home in America’s DHS.


8 posted on 11/30/2012 11:05:31 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: DogByte6RER

Yellow bellied robo-tuna. That’s the ticket.


9 posted on 11/30/2012 11:16:16 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Jack Hammer

Smart would quit in frustration.


10 posted on 11/30/2012 11:17:08 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

How is it with mayo on wheat?


11 posted on 12/01/2012 12:44:10 AM PST by ninonitti
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To: Nowhere Man

That’s interesting. I’m amazed that 70’s tech could have a low enough power drain to make these practical though. It’s easy now since we have low-power processors that can sleep most of the time.

I suppose they used very low frequency rf to get instruction from whoever controlled them?

Basically there are only a few communications methods for unattended devices in the water... sound, lf rf, discharge of electrical current across two electrodes mounted at a distance from each other and sending up a small device to the surface on a tether to communicate using satellites.

Sound has a low data rate but can be effective over considerable distances. Whales can communicate using sound at distances greater than a thousand miles...mimicking their sounds is a good cover. low freq rf has worldwide coverage, sat of course is worldwide.. current discharge is for networking with other nearby devices.


12 posted on 12/01/2012 2:10:38 AM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I could possibley see military application, but DHS? Are you kidding me?


13 posted on 12/01/2012 5:49:34 AM PST by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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"I could possibley see military application, but DHS? Are you kidding me?"

Actually it makes perfect sense when you take into account Janet Napolitano's deep personal affection for tuna.

14 posted on 12/01/2012 5:58:12 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: DogByte6RER

Looks like Homeland Security is setting itself up to become the World’s biggest terrorist organization.


15 posted on 12/01/2012 6:01:28 AM PST by Starstruck
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To: DogByte6RER
We had better stuff in the 40's.

limpet
16 posted on 12/01/2012 7:13:29 AM PST by 2sheds
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks DogByte6RER.
17 posted on 12/01/2012 3:49:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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SESBREACHER. I WANT ONE!

18 posted on 12/01/2012 7:26:56 PM PST by Fred Nerks
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SEABREECHER DEMO VIDEO.

I want one for Christmas!

19 posted on 12/01/2012 7:42:46 PM PST by Fred Nerks
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To: DogByte6RER

Is it me, or is that a Happy Face on the tail of that thing?


20 posted on 12/01/2012 7:47:09 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Fred Nerks

That looks pretty fun.


21 posted on 12/01/2012 8:41:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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