Sailors take note: That fast-moving, gray and black object crisscrossing Puget Sound near Everett is not an orca, it’s a Piranha.
As in Piranha USV, a 54-foot-long prototype of an unmanned surface vessel (USV) that began its sea trials this past week.
It’s made of carbon-fiber composites like the 787 Dreamliner, but with an extra ingredient — nanotube molecules that add strength and stiffness, according to developer Zyvex Technologies of Ohio.
SEATTLE – If you look out at Puget Sound from Seattle to Everett, you may get a peek at it — a strange looking boat with camouflage paint.
It is intended to carry out its missions unmanned.
It’s called the Piranha, a boat developed with private funds trying to get the attention of U.S and Allied navies as well as the Department of Homeland Security.
New name reflects expansion into design and fabrication of nano-enhanced composite components and structures.
Columbus, OH, October 4, 2010 – Zyvex Performance Materials, a recognized world leader in nanotechnology, announced its new company name: Zyvex Technologies.
“Our company has been built on the mission represented by our original name – developing high performance materials,” said Lance Criscuolo, President of Zyvex Technologies. “Our new name now better represents our expansion into helping customers build products from the superior materials that we continue to develop. Better materials make better products and deliver greater performance capabilities to our customers”
The name change coincides with an expansion near Seattle, WA as Zyvex Technologies combines its expertise in nanomaterials development with the latest composite construction methods. “Our new Advanced Composite Solutions facility is where we take ideas and concepts and turn them into reality using our latest technologies,” said Russell Belden, Vice President of the Advanced Composite Solutions group for Zyvex Technologies. “Customers continued to ask for our help in creating complete solutions with the materials we develop, so we expanded to fill that demand with our own capabilities.” The new facility is home to production equipment as well as the engineering and design team that develops prototype structures built with Zyvex’s advanced materials. (more…)