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Originally posted by observe50Unfortunately they are in the deepest of our waters and we don't have anything that can reach them.
Manta: Autonomous Surveillance and Attack Platform
ONR Program Code 333
The Manta concept was formulated in the 1990s as a viable means to extend the reach of the submarine in hostile or dangerous environments. Scale models of the Manta vehicle were fabricated and tested for hydrodynamic stability. The concept led to the construction of a large-scale unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) testbed, known as the Manta Test Vehicle, or MTV. The MTV demonstrated many of the capabilities of a large UUV, although it did not have the conformal shape proposed for the actual system.
In this concept, the Mantas are a match for the outside conformal shape of the submarine bow, and detach and
reattach as missions dictate. They carry a suite of sensors, which augment the organic capability of the host platform when the Manta vehicles are docked. The concept also includes weapons and other devices, such as countermeasures and nontraditional sensors. The Manta can be sent into forward areas for both reconnaissance and offensive/defensive missions.
The Manta would reduce the risk to the submarine during certain missions in dangerous environments by eliminating the need for the larger platform to perform them independently. The large UUV Mantas would be sent into harm’s way at no risk to crew and can provide an extended standoff range for the submarine’s organic sensors.
What is it?
Manta is a concept for an autonomous surveillance and attack platform (a large format unmanned underwater vehicle, or UUV), which provides an extended reach for the submarine platform.
How does it work?
Mantas would match the outside conformal shape of the submarine bow, and detach and reattach as missions dictate. They would carry a suite of sensors, weapons, and other devices, such as countermeasures and nontraditional
What will it accomplish?
The Manta would reduce risk to the submarine during certain missions in dangerous environments by eliminating the need for the larger platform to perform them independently.
The U.S. Navy’s center of excellence for naval undersea warfare systems is the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island. By developing the master plan, NUWC has created the Navy’s vision for the future in unmanned undersea systems, which includes a fleet of UUVs known as Mantas in support of manned platforms.14 Mantas are conceptual systems that extend the coverage of naval forces while greatly reducing the risk. These systems are envisioned to operate from standoff ranges, transit covertly to the mission area, and use advanced payloads to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, tactical oceanography, and anti-submarine warfare. While their exact size, range, and cost has not been determined, Manta vehicles will be deployed from submarine or surface platforms.15 This envisioned system contains multiple vehicles that are attached to the outside of the hull of a submarine in a manner which would allow the submarine to operate quietly whether or not they were in place on the hull.
English: HOUSTON (March 25, 2009) Lt. Cmdr. Chris Cassidy, center, practices docking the space shuttle with his shuttle commander and pilot in a virtual reality simulator at Johnson Space Center. Cassidy, a U.S. Navy SEAL, is a mission specialist in the upcoming mission STS-127 to the International Space Station scheduled for June. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique M. Lasco/Released)
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by poet1b
I would suspect that if the ship is truly a "black ops" project, it would employ other "black ops" technology. Communications via gravity wave, for example.
There was a thread on ATS by a guy calling himself "Astrophysicist", claiming to work for NASA. He made claims that the Spirit rover employed FTL communications. It was an interesting idea, the way he put it, and not totally implausible.