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This is the first drone that can fly, dive, and swim
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Researchers from Oakland University's Embedded Systems Research Laboratory built a drone that can seamlessly transition from aerial flight to diving and swimming.

Dubbed the Loon Copter, the drone was built for the Drones for Good competition, which is held in Dubai February 4-6 and comes with a grand prize of $1 million.

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The drone project started in 2014 and just recently was able to demonstrate the ability to fly, dive, and swim. This could be good news for drone aficionados who are sick of losing their UAVs to lakes and other bodies of water.

The drone is equipped with a cylinder that hangs below its air frame. The cylinder, when filled with air, provides the drone with buoyancy so it can transition from aerial flight to floating on water with ease.
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The cylinder can also pump out the air, allowing it to fill with water and sink, giving the drone the ability to go diving. It then uses the same propellers used to navigate in air to swim in the water.

The drone can then pump out the water to return it to the surface and fly away.


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Never wanted a drone till now. I also like the profile and paint scheme.
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That is pretty awesome.
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*throws money at the screen*
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Glad to see there is tech that makes me go Wow!!!!!!
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Pretty cool stuff. Just wait until the military employs this on a larger scale...

Submarines launching recon drones from offshore, while fully submerged, definitely has some tactical uses. Then equip the drone with a suppressed fire capability, or small scale missiles/rockets.
 
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post #7 of 23
It looks like something out of an old James Bond movie. smile.gif

Exciting tech for sure.
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So cool, I could definitely find some use for it.
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post #9 of 23
These have already been used by animal documentaries (Polar bears specifiably)
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Something must be wrong with me. I see this and the first thought is "When will Amazon start using this for deliveries?"
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