Small Boy Put to Good Use

Small Boy Put to Good Use

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Navy's DD(X) looking for high tech

Superconductor motors for the DD(X)? Maybe, judging by this report:
The Navy is researching motors for the planned DD(X) destroyer, and the American Superconductor technology could be considered. The first two DD(X) destroyers are expected to launch in 2012 at a projected cost of $3 billion each. American Superconductor is to deliver its first prototype motor by September to a Navy test facility in Philadelphia.
Superconductor primer here.

Makes this 4 boiler destroyer guy feel a little older...

More on the DD(X) here. Yes, I know, the whole thing is gee whiz high tech. At $3+ billion a copy, it had better have good coffee makers and be able to sing and dance.
Sort of like an ocean going KITT. KITT was the smarter of the partners.

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