Ghost ships are abandoned vessels bobbing around the middle of the ocean. And no one is aboard. Except ghosts. And creepy music. And spiderwebs. Here’s a different kind of ghost:
“It’s almost as much an aircraft as it is a boat,” says its inventor, Gregory Sancoff, the founder and CEO of Juliet Marine Systems, a private company in Portsmouth, NH.
The vehicle, dubbed the “Ghost,” is the first of its kind and is garnering attention from organizations like the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, defense contractors, and foreign governments—as well as hackers in foreign countries, who are presumably trying to figure out how it works. Juliet Marine Systems has received about $10 million in total funding, about half of which comes from its founder and private investors. The startup’s institutional investor is Avalon Ventures, a VC firm with offices in the San Diego and Boston areas.
Do we get a pilot or a SWO (Surface Warfare Officer) to drive that thang?