Boeing’s Echo Voyager Dives into Uncharted Waters

Boeing is one of two companies developing an Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) to help the U.S. Navy expand its capabilities through the use of UUVs that can tackle a wide number of undersea missions.

Last year, the U.S. Navy selected Boeing for the first phase of the Orca program, the Navy’s competition to design and produce an extra-large unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). Phase 1, a $42 million contract for Boeing, represents the competition’s design phase.

Boeing has built and tested the 51-foot-long (15-meter-long) Echo Voyager, a fully autonomous UUV, with greater endurance for commercial oil and gas, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and maritime missions than previous Boeing developed UUVs. Echo Voyager also includes a modular payload section enabling the vehicle to perform at sea for months at a time without a support vessel for launch or recovery.

Watch this video to learn more about Echo Voyager’s first deep sea adventure.

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