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Flying Fish: US-Uni working on Nurse Flight drone for water and air

Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Gadgets

Scientists from the Applied Physics Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University in the US have developed an unmanned aerial vehicle that can travel both in the water and in the air. The "Flying Fish" named drone works however according to a different principle than comparable water-air drone.

It is a triangular wing design, reminiscent of a stealth aircraft. The aircraft has only one propeller that sits at the front. This serves as a ship's screw under water and is used there with significantly lower revolutions.
The drone should be able to get out of the water
The aircraft should be able to get out of the water directly into the air. It does not have to swim on the surface like other combinations, but should be able to fly into the flight without a break.
In a first video this mechanism is already beginning to be recognized, but the researchers do not yet show a real transition from diving to flight. Obviously the rapid change to a higher propeller speed is not easy. According to the scientists, an automated switching between the modes should be continued.
Good flight characteristics in the air
In the air, the drone, on the other hand, already makes a good impression: it flies steadily and apparently also quite quickly. The researchers can, for example, imagine the extraction of water samples. Future models could also have a mounted camera. When the flying fish will come to the market is not known.

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