SHARCs Prowl Off the Coast of Hawaii

January 07, 2015 in Defense

There are more than 440 species of sharks in the world. One highly unusual type is prowling off the coast of the big island of Hawaii; they are SHARCs, or Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft.

SHARCs are used for data collection, surveillance and acoustic monitoring. In September, Boeing and Liquid Robotics signed a multi-year agreement to enhance the unmanned marine vessel’s capabilities. To see the SHARCs in action, Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Chris Chadwick and Boeing Military Aircraft leaders recently travelled to the crystal clear waters in Kamuela, Hawaii near Liquid Robotic’s engineering test and evaluation center for a demonstration.

“The Navy and international customers see the value of SHARC in terms of what it can do from an information and sensor perspective to give them better situational awareness under and on top of the water,” Chadwick said.

SHARCs can operate in a fleet to connect with other SHARCs, on land data centers and a variety of Boeing marine and aerial assets. They can be at sea for up to a year without a manned crew or servicing—which is mostly removing barnacles from its sensors.

Watch the video to find out how the SHARCs maneuver through the harsh ocean waters to provide a seafloor-to-space connection.