An Australian Navy ship will deploy a technology that could allow passengers to float across the Pacific in their own pod, as part of an ambitious effort to develop new maritime transport.
Key points:The Pacific Spaceport in Sydney will deploy an unmanned pod that could be used to transport people in pods from Australia to other locations in the PacificSource: Australian NavySource: ABC News’ Pacific Spacetrack consortiumThe pod will be used on a ship that can carry up to 20 passengers at a time.
It is the latest example of the Navy exploring new maritime technologies, including the deployment of a new type of drone, and is expected to be a key part of the Australian government’s efforts to attract more foreign investment to Australia’s maritime industry.
A spokesperson for the Pacific Spaceports said the new technology could be deployed by 2020, though it could take longer to deploy in the first phase.
“Our pod will allow for a wider range of transportation options, including on a commercial vessel, in an aircraft carrier, or on the surface of the Pacific,” the spokesperson said.
“It will also enable us to reduce our dependency on land-based and sea-based transport.”
Key points:-The pod, which can be fitted with a camera, will be able to carry up 20 passengers-The pod would be powered by a single, low-powered diesel engineSource: Pacific Spacewatch consortiumThe Pacific Spaceship Technologies (PSTT) pod will use a new drone technology that can be flown by a remote pilot to navigate the pod and deliver packages from Sydney to New Zealand.
The pod is the first part of a larger Australian ship that will be fitted out with a variety of innovative maritime technology, including an autonomous underwater vehicle, a new wave engine, a drone, a small boat, and an autonomous vessel that can deliver packages to remote locations.
“The technology will provide a range of new maritime services to our Pacific partners, including in support of regional security, maritime transport, marine health, and maritime commerce,” the spokesman said.
Key Points:The pod can be used by a small craft to deliver packagesSource: SeaWatch consortiumSource: AP Photo/ABC NewsTechnology from the pod will also be used in a submarine, a boat, a helicopter, and the “next generation” ship, the spokesperson added.
Australia is also developing its own technology that would allow the pod to deliver goods to remote regions, including New Zealand and Australia’s South Pacific islands.
The Pacific Coast Transport Association (PCTA) said the deployment could be “a big boost for Australia” if the technology was widely used.
“We are excited to see a world class technology like this coming to Australia,” PCTA chairman Peter Diamandis said.”[It] could open up a new level of connectivity and connectivity opportunities for Australia and the region.”
The PCTA has supported the launch of the PTT, which is based in Sydney.