The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is near the end of phase one in its Upward Falling Payloads program, which is focused on the unmanned deployment of distributed maritime systems.
DARPA said Wednesday that 10 study and design efforts took place during phase one to determine potential remote communications, deep-sea high-pressure containment and payload launch systems for use.
Andy Coon, DARPA program manager, said the development team is focusing on the cost and scalability of the systems as they prepare to make prototypes for the program’s second phase.
The agency intends to further deep-ocean engineering and advanced payload development work during phase two and DARPA said it is seeking help from technology teams knowledgeable in sensors, unmanned system, communications, mechanical and electrical systems needed for such a program.
A proposers’ day for phases two and three is scheduled for Monday at the DARPA Conference Center.