The Pentagon is investigating how it can use FISH as spies to detect underwater drones

The Pentagon is investigating how it can use FISH as spies to detect underwater drones

  • DARPA says it wants to use fish in underwater spy programs
  • Reading signals from marine animals could detect underwater vehicles acutely
  • One of the proposals is to read & # 39; booms & # 39; of grouper and & # 39; sizzling & # 39; shrimps
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A program in the US Department of Defense is looking for fish in its attempts to guard the underwater area of ​​the world and to increase its ability to detect enemy ships.

Utilizing the ability of marine organisms to detect even the smallest disturbances in their environment, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), the experimental research arm of the US Department of Defense, says it is preventive even the smallest could discover autonomous regions. vehicles.

One of the potential enlistees of the program called The Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) are Goliath grouper, sea bass, breaking shrimp and other even smaller organisms such as bioluminescent plankton and other micro-organisms.

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A DARPA program wants to turn marine animals into underwater spies that help detect underwater vehicles. One of the enlistees could be the Goliath grouper, pictured above.

A DARPA program wants to turn marine animals into underwater spies that help detect underwater vehicles. One of the enlistees could be the Goliath grouper, pictured above.

WHAT ARE THE PROPOSALS FOR SWITCHING FISH INTO SPIES?

DARPA hopes to use a mix of detection equipment and software to turn marine animals into spies.

The company's proposal covers the entire range.

Northrup Grumman records and acoustics of shrimp shrimp and optical activity by bioluminescent organisms.

The Naval Research Laboratory detects and characterizes biological signals from microorganisms that respond to the magnetic signatures of underwater vehicles.

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University analyze vocalization signals from Goliath-grouper.

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Raytheon BBN Technologies uses sounds of snapping shrimp as well as for long-distance detection, classification and tracking of underwater vehicles.

While experts from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science tag black sea bass with sensors to track the depth and acceleration behavior of schools of fish disturbed by underwater vehicles.

– source: DARPA

& # 39; Tapping into the excellent detection capabilities of marine organisms could provide a discrete, persistent and highly scalable solution for maintaining awareness in the challenging underwater environment & # 39 ;, said program manager Lori Adornato in a statement.

As anticipated by DARPA, the live breathing surveillance network would function by using a series of underwater sensors to accurately observe fish and other organisms.

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While hardware such as microphones, sonar and video read the clues of the marine animals, software would interpret the stimulus and then determine whether those responses were the result of ships or other disruptions of interest.

As reported by the Independent, which can vary signals from large & # 39; trees & # 39; elated by the 800 lbs goliath grouper when approached by divers or loud & # 39; sizzling & # 39; sounds released by snarling shrimps that travel long distances and that can be used as a seat for radar.

In theory the plan sounds relatively simple: observe marine animals and convey their actions to a human operator, but in practice the initiative has at least a number of important obstacles.

First, it might be difficult to distinguish noise from a signal, in other words, determining whether an action of a creature responds directly to an underwater vehicle as opposed to a blue whale.

In an Independent report, an oceanographer says that the performance requires a refined knowledge of marine life.

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& # 39; You must have some understanding of animal behavior, and that is always a big wild card & # 39 ;, said Kim Martini, a physical oceanographer from Seattle, at the outlet.

To collect these signals in the first place, the Ministry of Defense would also need equipment that meets the task and, according to DARPA, that conventional equipment is susceptible to scrambling due to the wear and tear of the ocean.

Underwater animals can detect acute disturbances in their environment, such as electromagnetic variations and noise. File photo

Underwater animals can detect acute disturbances in their environment, such as electromagnetic variations and noise. File photo

Underwater animals can detect acute disturbances in their environment, such as electromagnetic variations and noise. File photo

If done correctly, Adornato says the method would be a new way to perform underwater exploration.

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& # 39; The current approach of the US Navy for the detection and monitoring of underwater vehicles is hardware-oriented and resource-intensive. As a result, the ability is usually used at the tactical level to protect high-value assets such as aircraft carriers, and less at the broader strategic level, & said Adornato.

& # 39; If we can take advantage of the innate observation capabilities of living organisms that are omnipresent in the oceans, we can expand our ability to track enemy activity … & # 39;

So far, five companies have received $ 45 million to help implement the PALS program using their own unique methods.

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