Angler program to advance autonomous underwater systemsNews
November 15, 2019
WASHINGTON. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded six contracts for work on the Angler program, which aims to pioneer the next generation of autonomous underwater robotic systems capable of physical intervention in the deep ocean environment. This class of future unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) must overcome reliance on GPS and human intervention to support infrastructure establishment and maintenance in the ocean.
The Angler program seeks to merge breakthroughs in terrestrial and space robotics, as well as underwater sensing, to develop autonomous robotic solutions capable of navigating and surveying ocean depths, and physically manipulating human-made objects of interest.
Leidos, Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, and L3Harris Technologies will perform in Track A, focused on developing an integrated solution for challenges in the Angler technology and operational areas.
SoarTech, EdgeTech, and Kitware will perform in Track B, focused on developing solutions specific to the fields of navigation, autonomy, and perception.