China Launches First Crewless Drone Carrier

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Last week, China announced its launching of the world’s first crewless drone carrier, which operates using artificial intelligence to navigate open water autonomously. The Chinese government has said that this vessel will be used as a maritime research tool, but many skeptics suggest that it could also be used as a military vessel.

The vessel is about 290 feet long, 45 feet wide and 20 feet deep. It can carry dozens of drones equipped with various observation instruments for air, sea, and underwater. The vessel can also be used to collect data. From a scientific standpoint, China’s drones could collect data from both the surface and subsurface for use in disaster mitigation and environmental monitoring – all without a crew or any direct human interaction on the vessel.

Technologies like this drone-carrying, AI-equipped vessel have dual use applications. In addition to scientific research, such technologies can be used to conduct surveillance and domain awareness.

Vessels like this will transform ocean observation and data collection abilities from the sea. It utilizes the “Intelligent Mobile Ocean Stereo Observing System” which was developed by the Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory. It can be controlled remotely and is capable of traveling up to 18 knots per hour (i.e., 20 mph).

The vessel has been unveiled, but China will continue to conduct sea trials before its official use and maiden voyage later in 2022.

[View source.]

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider on:

Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
- hide
- hide

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, track anonymous site usage, store authorization tokens and permit sharing on social media networks. By continuing to browse this website you accept the use of cookies. Click here to read more about how we use cookies.