Northrop Grumman selected to develop sensing capabilities under DARPA's PALS program

BALTIMORE. Northrop Grumman will develop prototype sensing capabilities using undersea organisms to assist in passively detecting and tracking undersea threats for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Biological Technology Office.

Under the Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program, Northrop Grumman is partnered with Coda Octopus, Duke University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the University of Memphis.

For the program, Northrop Grumman and the team will develop biological sensing hardware that has increased sensitivity for certain sensor modalities, achieving greater range. Artificial intelligence (AI) will be applied to observe patterns in the marine environment to help classify targets.