We are all used to the fact that drones fly above the ground. Or swimming on the water. Or explore underwater depths. But what if you could combine all these devices into one? This is exactly what the engineers from the University of North Carolina did by developing the amphibian-powered drones EagleRay.
EagleRay is a drone with a hard wing. Thanks to a special design, EagleRay is able to fly, dive into the water, swim on the surface of the water and conduct underwater reconnaissance. EagleRay, among other things, has solar panels on the surface that allow it to subdivide while it floats on the surface of the water or flies in the air. Before diving, the drone does not fold its wings, like most existing analogues.
The wingspan of the drone is 150 centimeters, and the length of the drone is 140 centimeters. The propeller in the bow of the aircraft allows the drone to move without problems in both water and air. According to one of the developers, William Stewart,
“EagleRay is able to extend battery life using solar energy. He can study the underwater fauna both from the air and in the natural habitat. During the flight EagleRay can move freely, as well as any other similar devices. In water, the drone uses sensors and sonars to move. If you are looking for something with the help of sonar, EagleRay can fly to the site, dive under water, get data and fly off to a new mission. “
Now experts want to change the size of the drone, and also to improve the controller to control the drone. You can see the drone in action on the video below, and to discuss the news itself – in ourtelegram-chat.