Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Something New to Scare the Shit Out of You

A robot capable of transiting oceans underwater.
Named after the New Jersey university's athletic teams and officially designated RU-27 in a long line of related devices, this one was always known simply as "Scarlet." Like Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, or perhaps Columbus's Pinta and Niña, it seemed more a living thing than a mechanical conveyance. But unlike them, Scarlet crossed the Atlantic without a single passenger.
Great, just fucking great. Some assholes built a torpedo capable of transiting an ocean. Nothing like making an underwater cruise missile with a range of a few thousand miles. With GPS, the thing could cross an ocean, go into a harbor mouth and then - blammo!

The only two warheads that would be workable would be a bottom-dwelling mine to sink a large ship or a nuke. So don't be surprised if the old technology of antisubmarine nets makes a comeback.


Frank Van Haste said...

Dear Miss Fit:

Ummm...I don't think GPS will work. Radio waves and water and all that. Back when we were needing to be sure the Polaris boats know where they were, it was all about inertial nav (triple redundant) periodically updated by ye olde Type XI Optical Star Tracker (i.e., periscope)(until SatNav got better).



Comrade Misfit said...

Frank, if the gizmo comes up to the surface from time to time, then it could update itself by GPS.

Frank Van Haste said...

Dear Miss Fit:

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I placed my previous comment before I RTFA. Mea culpa. However, I am moved to suggest that if it has to surface it becomes vulnerable. Our boomer guys HATED sticking that mast up.

Of course, first you have to be looking for it. 'Tis a bit worrisome.