Our good friends at the high-tech Pentagon company DARPA, has another goody waiting in the pipeline to perpetuate the Empire and bring death and destruction faster and deadlier through-out the world; high speed, deeper diving submarines.
The latest class of submarines can travel at more than 25 knots submerged.But what if the Navy had a much smaller submarine that could travel four times as fast?
”The real reason we buy nuclear submarines instead of non-nuclear ones is that we’re not protecting the Gulf of Mexico,” said retired Navy Capt. James Patton Jr., president of Submarine Tactics and Technology in North Stonington. “We go halfway around the world, real quick. We get there and we stay there. Anything that would allow you to get a platform somewhere a long ways away pretty quickly would have great military value.”
That is why the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which commissions research for the Defense Department, has given Electric Boat millions of dollars to design a vehicle that could potentially transport high-value cargo or small groups of people at 100 knots (about 115 miles an hour) in a program known as “Underwater Express.”
The technology, if developed, could revolutionize ocean transportation if it could be adapted to cargo and passenger ships.
The vehicle would travel inside a large gas bubble created in the water, a process known as supercavitation. The bubble reduces drag, since the drag is much lower in air than in water, allowing the vehicle to travel at high speeds.
Supercavitation is not new. The technology has been applied to weapons, but never to transport vehicles, according to DARPA.
”What we’re trying to do is come up with the sweet spot where science meets practicality,” said Franz Edson, EB’s director of submarine payload integration and strategic weapon systems. “The problem with the technology, the science, was you couldn’t go very far, you didn’t have any endurance and you couldn’t maneuver very well, so it was really kind of limited practicality.
”What these guys here have come up with is a way to dramatically increase the endurance and maneuverability of a body in supercavitating flight, so now you can really start to do things with it.”
Blowing out air to create the bubble that envelops the vehicle is wasteful, and a vehicle can only carry so much compressed air, so Jack Chapman, an engineer at EB, came up with a way to “mitigate that issue,” Edson said.
Exactly how is the gas-bubble creation process managed efficiently? Well, that’s a secret.
”It’s revolutionary, but we can’t tell you what it is,” said Jennifer Panosky, program manager of advanced programs and future payloads at EB.
”It’s not something we want other people to be aware of,” Edson said. “We’ve proven it works. We’ve set records for the longest supercavitating flight in a water tunnel. This has the potential to change ocean transportation.
”Ships would be much more fuel-efficient, or could use the same amount of fuel and instead of taking two weeks to get across the Pacific, they could get across in a matter of days. It’s pretty slick.”
DARPA has given EB about $26 million so far for the project, with another $12 million expected by the end, said Panosky.
EB initially pitted its design against one from Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Maryland. EB was chosen to build a quarter-scale unmanned vehicle, based on the concept of a full-scale size of 8 feet in diameter and 100 feet in length, for a demonstration in spring 2010 in the waters off Rhode Island.
The demonstration will include a 10-minute run at speeds of up to 100 knots with maneuvers, including depth control, to show the controllability of the vehicle, according to a DARPA statement.
At that point, the program will conclude and the technology will be available to the Navy for use in future systems as desired, according to DARPA.
This ‘revolutionary development’ interests me a bit. It’s like creating an underwater ‘warp-bubble’ that enables the sub to become more ‘aerodynamic’ under water so it can go faster.
From what I understand from the article, the original method utilizes air to create the bubble that encircles the vessel ( torpedo/missile ).
I wonder just what this new development entails?
What fascinates me the most, this revelation ( revolutionary development )coincides with this tidbit from Russia:
The Russian navy has declassified its records of encounters with unidentified objects technologically surpassing anything humanity ever built, reports Svobodnaya Pressa news website.
The records dating back to soviet times were compiled by a special navy group collecting reports of unexplained incidents delivered by submarines and military ships. The group was headed by deputy Navy commander Admiral Nikolay Smirnov, and the documents reveal numerous cases of possible UFO encounters, the website says.
Vladimir Azhazha, former navy officer and a famous Russian UFO researcher, says the materials are of great value.
“Fifty percent of UFO encounters are connected with oceans. Fifteen more – with lakes. So UFOs tend to stick to the water,” he said.
On one occasion a nuclear submarine, which was on a combat mission in the Pacific Ocean, detected six unknown objects. After the crew failed to leave behind their pursuers by maneuvering, the captain ordered to surface. The objects followed suit, took to the air, and flew away.
Many mysterious events happened in the region of Bermuda Triangle, recalls retired submarine commander Rear Admiral Yury Beketov. Instruments malfunctioned with no apparent reason or detected strong interference. The former navy officer says this could be deliberate disruption by UFOs.
“On several occasions the instruments gave reading of material objects moving at incredible speed. Calculations showed speeds of about 230 knots, of 400 kph. Speeding so fast is a challenge even on the surface. But water resistance is much higher. It was like the objects defied the laws of physics. There’s only one explanation: the creatures who built them far surpass us in development,” Beketov said.
Could it be that these underwater objects utilized the same method that DARPA is studying for future submarines?
Does DARPA/Pentagon have a captured underwater UFO for study to back-engineer? Did the Russians for that matter? And why didn’t they copy the technology themselves?
Maybe there’s no connection at all and it’s just coincidence?