Astronaut Scott Carpenter wrote a book a long time ago called, "The Steel Albatross" that featured a military stealth submarine that was propelled by gliding. They would alternately fill and blow the ballast tank and use the wings to fly the sub. With minimal thrusters there were no prop noises.
End all social services (that’s socialism) and put all the money into the military and prepare for mob control, have a nice day.
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When wars begin they are usually a surprise and then are conducted with the latest in obsolete technology and tactics. Right now there are researchers looking for vulnerabilities in our carriers, submarines and stealth aircraft, some of it by allies.
Part of the dream of Socialism was that the solidarity of workers would end war, the World Court would arbitrate conflicts away and for a while the interlocking dynasties of Victoria's children supposedly secured peace. After WW1 we tried The League of Nations, men of good faith negotiated with Hitler for peace in our time, while men of ill will negotiated the Treaty of Non-aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,and after WW2 we tried the UN.
War will always be with us, better minds than ours have struggled to end it, limit it and civilize it, yet war remains Hell. No one ever wins a war, but there are losers, it is better to do everything in your power not to be a loser.
Soon there will be nowhere to hide from the man, including the open sea. I think I read this in a book once and it doesn't end well.
This is nothing new. The only news is new funding from the Navy.
Buoyancy driven Slocum Gliders were a vision of Douglas Webb, which Henry Stommel championed in a futuristic vision published in 1989.
How long will it take before the Chinese hack this splendid piece of military engineering from the America's? If it's blueprints are stored online somewhere, kiss them already gone.
Intent. A knife can be use to cut meat, bread, or your veggies. Or it can cut a man’s throat.
An airplane can carry mail, cargo, donated organs, or your loved ones for a visit. It can drop bombs.
A motor vehicle can do so many good things or - - become a bomb.
Intent is an exclusive human trait. Objects have no ‘intent’ unless ‘intended’ for it.
And even than, someone has to push the start button.
Why is it we feel the need to let everyone on the planet know what we are doing militarily? It just doesn't make sense to let our enemies know what we have, and what we are working on to defend ourselves.
As an American citizen, would I like to know? Sure I would, but it is not necessary to know every little advancement we come up with, some things are just better left alone, and not publicized for the good of all of us.
Sometimes I think we have lost all of our marbles.
The Chinese are actively patrolling our shores and this is a brilliant use of taxpayer money unlike the stupid Obamacare.
Just who the hell do we need this crap for? There is nobody to go to war with these. But now that they have them they will invent an enemy so that they can try them out.
The statement "they draw energy from the ocean’s thermocline, a pair of layers of warm water near the surface and chillier water below" is incorrect. There is no energy thermodynamically available at the thermocline, which is in thermodynamic equilibrium.
The energy that 'propels' the device is the energy which changes its density, which must compress a gas-filled chamber on board the glider. The energy running the compressor must be carried on the device. Gravity does the rest through Archimedes' Principle.
I consider myself a Constitutional Conservative (not a Republican, nor a Democrat) and even I think this $56.2 Million could have been spent in better ways.
As kiddies, we used to "fly" the little Styrofoam dart gliders upside-down in the pool and swim behind them from bottom of deep end to shallow end wall. Sadly, no air bladder, antenna or warhead.
Smart, real smart. First they come to the surface to transmit which makes them a navigation hazard and having been on a boat that came to periscope depth only to crash dive because there was a yacht with wide eyed people dead ahead, it could be a real problem and then secondly, the big one, the current speeds along most coast line is far in excess of the one mile per hour speed. Guess they are only a one way ticket. I can see it now a huge recovery program in the arctic or antarctic. Maybe we could train penguins to recover them. ';-)
This is old news. Read about it in magazines years ago. Saw it on the History Channel in the last year too...it is interesting though...no telling what they are really doing now. Skunk works for the oceans?
Wait till the U.S. starts selling them to the islamist countries and then subsequently fall into the hands of terrorists. Next target: cruise ships.
Rev 6:14 and 6:15
14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every slave, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
I remember when I was little, every now and then, while watching the news my 80+ grandmother used to say "I'm glad I'm going to die soon.". I used to scold her for wishing to leave me. Well now, many years later. Hmmmphhh.
Anytime the military shows the public what they have you can bet that they are much more advanced then shown........
I've never figured out why we tell our potential enemies all about our latest technology, they surely need no spies, we give it all away.
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Add a muffler, Hellfire misslies, and 4(pi) steradian retina-melting Nd:glass or Nd:YAG lasers. Teach them how to parachute from a Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy. Navy? Less than one knot net on a good day? "ACK! THBBFT!" Where is the paint locker?
@JoeLucido The problem. of course, are those pesky fishing/trawling nets. It only takes one.
@RicBov Oh yeah , the now more than half a trillion of dollars wasted every year on the most dangerously bloated and over-sized military in the world is a "brilliant use of taxpayer money" according to some. Ah delusion. Meanwhile the US is the most unequal country among all developed nations and have the most costly while poorly ranked healthcare system. But hey life is question of priorities.
If they are actively patrolling our shores, then they are actively wasting their money. You know, the Soviets used to bring factory fishing vessels within a few miles from US shores, draining our fish stocks. THAT was a problem, and resulted in the Magnusson-Stevens Act, which extended our sovereign waters from just a couple miles to like 30 miles out from US shores, I believe. That was a good solution to a material problem. Anyway, you're beating the war drums about China spying on us. Perhaps I'm being naive here, but suppose China were patrolling US waters, like 29 miles out - so freaking what? As long as our Coast Guard and our military is doing its job, and so long as China isn't attacking us or depleting our resources, and so long as it can't gather valuable intel on us dozens of miles out as see, then what exactly is the problem? I suppose if China were a material threat, these drones would be useful, but really the drones seem better for fisheries monitoring, for oceanographic study, or even for LNG or hydrocarbon prospecting. It seems like their immediate uses would be mostly nonmilitary.
OBL is a permanent resident now....doncha kno dat?
@auntester3well, there is osama. ;D
@faithcoleridge33 She's not missing out on much, that's for sure, unless she wanted to witness the suicide of our nation.
@JimBunion I'm sure you'd prefer living under Hitler or Stalin.
@Freedom12You sure would like to think so, but I have my reservations that they are smart enough to be that cunning. Remember that the Navy is still part of the Government, and they do almost nothing right.
There is no need for anyone outside the U.S. Navy to know anything about a program like this, it just boggles the mind to know they use our taxpayers dollars to come up with weapons of war like this, and then turn around and give all their secrets away.
I for one do not like my tax dollars spent this way. have they ever heard of that old saying "Only on a need to know basis"
@UncleAl Google just bought this company fyi.
I was yelling at it come back, come back.....I didn't mean it......just saying......
I was thinking of less arcane counter measures. I suppose you've this old story:
Good luck to you all.
That's for the Wild Cat.....