The Johns Hopkins University presents a drone that can stay underwater for two month and launch into the air from water.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland have developed, build and tested a quadcopter drone that is able to start from underwater.
“Engineers at APL have long worked on both Navy submarine systems and autonomous UAVs,” said Jason Stipes of APL’s Sea Control Mission Area, project manager for CRACUNS. “In response to evolving sponsor challenges, we were inspired to develop a vehicle that could operate both underwater and in the air.”
This UAV was build with corrosion resistant materials and components. For that purpose the researchers have used 3D printers from EOS to produce a lightweight, submersible, composite airframe that is able to withstand the water pressure.