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Detroit Free Press: Navy, GM Team Up to Integrate Underwater Drone and Fuel-Cell Tech

Detroit Free Press: Navy, GM Team Up to Integrate Underwater Drone and Fuel-Cell Tech - top government contractors - best government contracting event

UnderwaterDroneThe U.S. Navy has partnered with General Motors to develop a new system that would incorporate fuel-cell technology into an unmanned underwater vehicle, Detroit Free Press reported Thursday.

Greg Gardner writes the Naval Research Laboratory has evaluated a prototype UUV that used a GM-developed fuel cell for the vehicle powertrain and added the car maker has also tested fuel-cell prototype vehicles for more than 3 million miles.

“When you look at what the Navy's trying to do with unmanned undersea vehicles, they're looking for weeks, if not months, of endurance, and therefore, we require a highly reliable system,“ said Karen Swider Lyons, Naval Research Laboratory head of the alternative-energy division.

The report added the team envisions unmanned drone technology for use in research or water patrol duties.

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