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Networks of the Sea Enter Next Stage

Unread postPosted: 09 Jan 2017, 11:13
by spazsinbad
Coming to an F-35B/C fishery feeding a bird farm near you - tune in to TUNA out of DARPA.... ChickenMan he's everywhere he's everywhere....
Networks of the Sea Enter Next Stage
05 Jan 2017

"DARPA wraps up first phase of program developing temporary underwater fiber-optics communications networks to ensure connectivity when tactical networks are unavailable

DARPA’s Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA) program recently completed its initial phase, successfully developing concepts and technologies aimed at restoring connectivity for U.S. forces when traditional tactical networks are knocked offline or otherwise unavailable. The program now enters the next phase, which calls for the demonstration of a prototype of the system at sea.

TUNA seeks to develop and demonstrate novel, optical-fiber-based technology options and designs to temporarily restore radio frequency (RF) tactical data networks in a contested environment via an undersea optical fiber backbone. The concept involves deploying RF network node buoys—dropped from aircraft or ships, for example—that would be connected via thin underwater fiber-optic cables. The very-small-diameter fiber-optic cables being developed are designed to last 30 days in the rough ocean environment—long enough to provide essential connectivity until primary methods of communications are restored...."

Graphic: "“Image Caption: Artist’s concept showing the TUNA architecture with an undersea fiber-optic backbone enabling a temporary communications network when traditional tactical data links are unavailable.” http://www.darpa.mil/DDM_Gallery/TUNA%2 ... 19x316.jpg


Source: http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2017-01-05


Re: Networks of the Sea Enter Next Stage

Unread postPosted: 09 Jan 2017, 11:31
by popcorn
Looks like the graphic artist is a X-32 fan.

Re: Networks of the Sea Enter Next Stage

Unread postPosted: 09 Jan 2017, 11:38
by spazsinbad
:doh: :mrgreen: Up in the sky - it's a bird - it's a plane - it's CHICKENMAN - nope it is a GUPPY! :devil: :roll: DARPAians are not very bright eh. :drool:

Re: Networks of the Sea Enter Next Stage

Unread postPosted: 09 Jan 2017, 11:48
by popcorn
I wonder how they deploy TUNA from aircraft and avoid snapping the fiber link? For deployment from a ship, looks like an ideal job for the LCS.

Re: Networks of the Sea Enter Next Stage

Unread postPosted: 10 Jan 2017, 06:42
by nutshell
The naming policies are really hitting a new level of awesomeness.

We got Tunas developing high tech stuffs, Raptors of different kind with a hate for talons...what's next?

Re: Networks of the Sea Enter Next Stage

Unread postPosted: 10 Jan 2017, 07:13
by vanshilar
MAGIC CARPET for carrier landings is still the best one I think.

Re: Networks of the Sea Enter Next Stage

Unread postPosted: 10 Jan 2017, 15:33
by hythelday
vanshilar wrote:MAGIC CARPET for carrier landings is still the best one I think.


Nah, SoSITE (System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation) takes the cake.

Why? Because "sosite" means "suck it" in Russian. Very straight forward. :D