The U.S. Navy sent a drone from a submerged submarine and considered this a successful mission. The mission has been linked to the SwampWorks program that encourages innovative ideas in the Navy. This was just a test, but its success means more testing is coming in the future.
The Navy continues to experiment with drone technology, according to the Los Angeles Times. The latest mission involved the USS Providence. The process involved launching a Sea Robin to the surface of the water. Then, the drone was able to fly from the Sea Robin into the air. The drone was able to stay in the air for a long time.
The U.S. Navy is proud of the project and shares it only took six years to achieve it. Drone technology has been improving drastically in recent years, and this was just a small test of its capabilities. Drones are set to become a powerful tool for the Navy and other military branches.
The drone took videos as it flew in the sky for hours. The Navy received these videos and points out this part of the mission was also a success. In the future, the drones can be used for surveillance without sacrificing the position of the submarine. This is a valuable option that can be useful in many ways.
The Navy calls this the eXperimental Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial System (XFC UAS). The Naval Research Laboratory is proud of the drone’s capabilities. This was a successful test that may be followed by others.
The drone eventually landed at a base in the Bahamas. It had completed the mission, but drone technology is far from finished in the Navy. In fact, the military is still exploring all of the potential uses of drones. Surveillance, defense and monitoring are the most common uses. However, there are many others that are being explored.
The general response to the news has been positive with researchers rejoicing at the successful mission. However, Navy pilots continue to get more concerned as each drone test is done. They understand that drones will not replace them immediately, but their future is more difficult to predict. Drones seem to be a major focus for the Navy and others. This means pilots will not be needed in such large numbers. Although their replacement will be a slow process, it is going to happen. Nevertheless, there is no way to stop the drone technology.