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The News Minute | December 19, 2014 | 12:50 pm IST The US Navy with the help of biomimicry, has just developed an underwater drone that looks and swims like a real shark. The "Ghost Swimmer" as is it called, is five feet long and weighs nearly 100 pounds. According to a report in Wired, this drone is a part of an experiment to explore unmanned, underwater vehicles that the Navy could use for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It could also be used to inspect the hulls of friendly ships and spot underwater mines. The robot can operate in water as deep as 300 feet and can be controlled through a remote with a 500 foot tether. It can also swim independently, returning to the surface occasionally to communicate. Developed by the Advanced Systems Group at Boston Engineering, a Navy contractor that specializes in the development of robotics, unmanned systems, the Ghost Swimmer, like other underwater vehicles, is discreet. The company and the Navy haven’t said much about the cost of Ghost Swimmer or when it might be deployed. Tweet
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