Disaster Relief by Water: DARPA Captive Air Amphibious Transporters

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The DARPA Captive Air Amphibious Transporters (CAAT’s) are able to drive on water and tow massive quantities to help those besieged by sea.


Robotics, machinery, and innovation are becoming incredible ideals for DARPA’s inventions of late. They have utilized air-filled pontoons to allow the CAAT to tread on water in the hope that CAAT’s could eventually haul military vehicles into sensitive areas.

When an earthquake cuts off people from any water supply, except the undrinkable sea surrounding them, the CAAT can bring them a huge container of drinkable water and save the day.

We have all seen it time and time again. There have been tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, and more isolating communities – and sometimes cities – from the outside world.

Part of the difficulty in rescuing those caught in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck the inadequate levees was simply getting to the locals who – in many cases – were sitting on roofs surrounded by water. Air power can only do so much to bring aid, as planes and helicopters can be limited by how much they can lift or gain access to.

Simply driving over water to bring help is a revolutionary concept DARPA is making a reality.

DARPA has been developing technologies to aid people caught in horrendous natural and man-made disasters, and this TEMP plan (Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform) included the addition of four key modular systems – one of which was sea-delivery vehicles, like the CAAT.

This ATV carrier can perform in ways nothing else can even come close to, and who knows what this breakthrough will mean for future developments of sea craft. The future is here!

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