DARPA’s latest mad science experiment: A ship designed to operate completely without humans

A concept drawing of an autonomous unmanned surface vessel produced by Austal USA. DARPA has not named industry partners on its NOMARS project. (Austal USA)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched its newest foray into unleashing robot warships on the world’s seas: NOMARS.

No, it’s not in reference to the former Red Sox standout infielder Nomar Garciaparra. The acronym stands for “No Manning Required, Ship,” and it’s part of DARPA’s plan to take its Sea Hunter drone ship a step further.

The idea is to design a ship from the keel up that will never have a human on board.

“NOMARS will challenge the traditional naval architecture paradigm, designing a seaframe from the ground up with no provision, allowance, or expectation for humans at sea,” according to a solicitation posted by DARPA. More about this article in link…