The earliest unmanned aerial vehicle in the history of drones was seen in 1839 and there have been multiple attempts through-out history to build such a air/water vehicle:
1937 Soviet Union, Ushakov’s Flying Submarine
1961 USA: Reid Flying Submarine 1 (RFS-1)
2008 DARPA program on Submersible Aircraft
2010 Present Bio-inspired UAS attempts at various universities
2015/16 STTR ONR Hybrid air/water unmanned vehicles
Flying Submarines in Fiction:
Jules Verne, Master of the World (1904)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV series-1960s)
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Shark Attack Submarine (1980)
Steven Spielberg, A.I. Artificial Intelligence («Amphibicopter» in 2001)
Disney-Pixar, The Incredibles (2004)
PROBLEM AND SOLUTION
We have seen unmanned vehicles capable of flight and swim. But we have not seen an unmanned vehicle that can do both.
A single UAV platform, which can seamlessly deploy in both environments : air and water.
Must be :
Able to easily go from air borne to underwater operations, and back again
Robust enough for repeated transitions.
Able to work in a variety of weather conditions and in a variety of underwater currents.
COMBINING FLIGHT & SWIMMING
How it works
UNIFYING PROPULSION SYSTEM
The same propulsion system needs to operate and be efficient in air, during transition and underwater. Our patent approved multi-medium propulsion system solves this problem.
Buoyancy engines are not useful during transition and only for raising to the surface. Instead we developed a multi-plane propulsion system. Using this strategy, propulsive capabilities are ensured throughout the process for a seamless transition.
Our team of engineers has designed from the ground up a propulsive system that integrates propellers, motor, vehicle operation envelop and power system.
Several models are available from the smallest and mid-size size for swarming and collaborative hybrid mission each capable of carrying 2-3lb payload to the largest scales capable of carrying upto 40lb payload.
Do not hesitate to contact us to get updated on the latest models and how we can help you.