Flying drones is quite the main stream these days unlike the Loon Copter, an amphibian drone that has the potential to fly, travel on the surface of the water as well as plunge deep into the water if necessary for capturing underwater images.
This ingenious technology has been designed by the Embedded Systems Research of Oakland University. Its underlying concept works in a similar manner to any other flying drones available on the market, but its buoyancy segment allows the device to float on water.
It can also sink beneath the water surface simply by refilling water in its chamber. The rotors and propellers allow this drone to move about.
Simply by letting water eject the drone’s buoyancy chamber, it can resurface and fly over the sky again.
Its initial prototype was first tested in 2015 until its newest version appeared in the market during a competition named UAE Drones for Good Award, which took place in Dubai, according to Mashable.
This drone has a large number of real life applications. First of all, photographers will not only be able to capture the most breathtaking aerial images but also images of exotic aquatic animals living in water.
Secondly, search and rescue missions will become less challenging for coast guards and rescuers. Moreover, Loon Copter provides greater advantages over submarines as those can be easily manipulated underwater in terms of speed as it can sweep an area of interest within a short period of time.
The research team of Oakland University will be improving the drone’s wireless range for travelling underwater, including its navigation system for better and improved diving underwater.