When The World Changed, We Replaced Sailboats With Drones
In 2014, the first drones flew for the first time on a commercial aircraft carrier.
Since then, unmanned aerial vehicles have been on display in museums and in commercial fleets across the country.
But until now, they’ve mostly flown at low altitudes, usually at low levels of visibility, and with little more than a couple of hours of operation.
Now, with a new technology, a fleet of drone ships will be able to fly high and long, at least up to 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) above sea level, as long as they are in a stable position.
The ships, which will be launched from the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and will fly to their target from the sea, will be equipped with cameras and other sensors to allow for a greater level of accuracy than before.
Their design, which was described in an academic paper published this week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, is a work in progress, with the aim of eventually enabling ships to fly above 5,000 m (15,000 ft) and up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) in length.
The drones will be operated by a fleet made up of up to seven unmanned aircraft carriers, the new drones, and two helicopters.
The new vessels will be assembled at the Naval Air Systems Command, a Navy command post that has been tasked with developing drones for a variety of purposes, including maritime surveillance, mine countermeasures, and humanitarian aid.
The Navy, in turn, is using a fleet built around two of the drones to operate the ships and their cargo, which includes food and water.
“We’re really looking forward to the next phase of this,” said Mark Mauer, a program manager for the UAV Program Office at the Department of Defense.
“The technology for this capability has matured over the past five years, and we are making great progress.”
The two new vessels, which are part of a fleet called the Maritime Resupply Services Fleet, will join the USS George Washington, a submarine that was decommissioned in 2012.
The George Washington was a vessel that used to deliver supplies to the U,S.
It is one of only two U.s. subs still in service.
The USS William S. Truman, the newest U. S. submarine, is in the midst of an overhaul and is expected to enter service in 2018.
Mauer told National Geographic that the ships will eventually be used to transport cargo to and from places like Haiti, the Philippines, and the Central African Republic.
The goal is to reduce the need for sea-based transport of supplies, which is a huge part of the mission of the UAS fleet, which Mauer described as “a multi-faceted effort” that is aimed at reducing the number of people who die from hunger and disease in places like Yemen.
The first ship will be ready to sail in 2020.
“This capability will ultimately make us safer,” Mauer said.
“By reducing the risk of collisions between our ships and our cargo, we can make the supply ships safer for people and cargo alike.”
The ships will have a range of sensors and cameras to enable them to track objects and other objects within their own flight range, which can include up to 400 meters (1,000 yards) in altitude.
They also have a large radio transmitter, which allows them to communicate with each other and the ships.
Maser said the UAs drones can carry sensors to help the ships monitor the environment, detect and respond to mines, and provide a 360-degree view of the surrounding environment.
Muster explained that the drones have been developed to be safe for both human passengers and crew members.
“You can’t just walk up to a UAS and say, ‘This is dangerous,’ ” he said.
Macker and Mauer did not reveal what the drones’ performance characteristics will be, but they said they plan to fly with sensors that will detect a variety “of hazardous environments, including earthquakes, floods, fires, and other threats.”
The first two ships will operate from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, and Naval Air Forces Pacific Command, Hawaii.
“These new unmanned aircraft will enhance our maritime capability and enhance our ability to support missions in the Arabian Sea and in the Indian Ocean,” Maser told National Magazine.
“In addition, they will enhance the capabilities of our maritime forces by enabling them to better communicate with UAS, and to better understand their role in supporting our operations in the Pacific.”