Amphibious drone swims under water, flies above water

(ORDO NEWS) —  Scientists from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) have developed a quadcopter

capable of not only flying, but also moving underwater.

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Loon Copter (“duck helicopter”) looks like a regular quadcopter and can both land on water and dive to depth using a ballast filled with water.

The prototype amphibious quadcopter, created in 2016, is able to dive several meters into the water and move with the help of four propellers.

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At the same time, Loon Copter is equipped with a waterproof camera that takes high-quality photos and transmits real-time video to the operator.

Such a drone can be used to perform a wide range of tasks. For example, the developers plan to adapt the device for search and rescue operations and inspection of various underwater objects.

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