The Loon Copter is a drone with a difference – it can land on water, then dive beneath the surface. And unlike the Naviator, this drone can fly untethered, directed by radio wave under the waves.
Created by a team at Oakland University the quadcopter comes with a unique buoyancy system, taking in water to dive and clearing the same chamber to surface, meaning it can rise and fall without needing to use its blades.
The device is a semifinalist in the Drones for Good competition in Dubai and proposed uses include search-and-rescue operations, tracking oil spills and underwater pipeline and structural inspections.
UPDATE 6 FEB: Loon Copter was the overall winner of Drones for Good.
Congratulations team LOON-COPTER on winning the grand 1 Million dollars prize in the Drones International awards. pic.twitter.com/JaEikefmac
— UAE Drones for Good (@uaeD4G) February 6, 2016