Last week, china launches world’s first AI-operated autonomous mothership i.e. full autonomous which is capable of releasing dozens of drones without any human involvement.
China celebrated the christening of a stunning new ship that measures 290 feet (88 metres) in length and is the world’s first semi-autonomous drone carrier. More than fifty other autonomous aerial, surface, and underwater vehicles will be carried by it, launched from it, recovered by it, and its operations will be coordinated with those of those vehicles.
In Guangzhou, the Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard started building on the Zhu Hai Yun in the month of July last year. It is the first carrier of its kind, and according to the South China Morning Post, it is a self-contained autonomous platform that will roll out with everything necessary to undertake a fully integrated operation. This includes drone aircraft, boats, and submersibles.
The Chinese government does not anticipate that it would be able to traverse crowded seaports on its own, similar to the Japanese autonomous cargo ship Suzaku that we discussed last week. Instead, the Zhu Hai Yun will be operated via remote control up to the point where it is out in the open ocean. At that point, its self-driving technologies will take over and carry out the mission that it is now conducting.
According to the shipbuilding company, it is outfitted with everything it needs to deploy its own boats, subs, and aircraft, communicate with them, and operate coordinated missions. This includes undertaking “task-oriented adaptive networking to acquire three-dimensional views of specified targets.” It is possible for the aerial drones to land back on its deck, and it is ready to retrieve the boats and subs once they have completed their circuits of the area.
According to Professor Dake Chen of the School of Oceanography at the Chinese Academy of Science, “The Intelligent, unmanned ship is a beautiful new’marine species’ that will bring revolutionary changes for ocean observation.” “The Intelligent, unmanned ship will bring revolutionary changes for ocean observation.”
The SCMP also reports that it has “military capability to intercept and expel invasive targets,” a capability that is at the forefront of many autonomous marine projects, including the extraordinary spider-legged WAM-V boats that we have. While it is primarily pitched as an ocean research platform, the SCMP also reports that it has “military capability to intercept and expel invasive targets.”