POSYDON: DARPA Working to Develop Robust Undersea Navigation System

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March 13, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: March 13 on

The Pentagon’s research entity and BAE Systems are working together to develop a next-generation undersea drone communications technology to help identify mines, find enemy submarines and surveil many items relevant to combat missions.

Using underwater acoustic signals, a surface buoy, beacon or “node,” and GPS signals in a coordinated fashion, the Positioning System for Deep Ocean Navigation (POSYDON) is able to quickly relay location coordinates from undersea drones on patrol to command and control systems on board a ship or submarine.

The program, now in a Phase I developmental effort, is a collaborative enterprise between industry and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

DARPA POSYDON Website, http://www.darpa.mil/program/positioning-system-for-deep-ocean-navigation.