The U.S. Government is developing mission-critical pods to lie dormant at sea until activation.

Over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. Of this, over 95 percent is in the oceans. With the Earth being nearly 25,000 miles around, that’s a lot of surface area to cover. So how can the U.S. Navy respond with real-time help while bridging the vast distances?

Easy: deep-sea robots.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently seeking proposals for work on a project dubbed ‘Upward Falling Payloads.’ Essentially, the program is looking to develop ‘deployable, unmanned, distributed systems that lie on the deep-ocean floor in special containers for years at a time,’ until they are awoken and recalled to the surface (or ‘fall upwards’). With an increasing strain on military resources, DARPA is looking for an initiative that doesn’t rely on expensive ‘legacy ships’ and platforms.

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