Proteus, a 100-foot-long water spider is seen against the waters of the Hudson River, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, in New York. The prototype Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel, which has a maximum speed of 30 knots (34.5 mph) was designed by Ugo Conti, an Italian-born engineer and oceanographer, for military uses, biological studies, ocean exploration and sea rescue. The $1.5 million spindly catamaran can travel 5,000 miles — farther than across the Atlantic — on one 2,000-gallon load of diesel fuel.
"Proteus will be able to launch and recover automatic vehicles, do remote vehicle operations, it will be tested for standard dive support operations, putting instruments on the bottom, collecting data — all the things that we currently do in one form or another, but most likely more cheaply, effectively and probably better," Basta said. [Quoted from Yahoo News]