Cracuns – drone that can operate underwater and in the air

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Cracun drone

It isn’t peculiar to encounter a Hawk while flying your drone, but don’t be surprised to confront with kraken in the coming days. Yes! It’s time that the drones have entered into water from air. Last week researches from the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) at Johns Hopkins University disclosed a new drone concept named CRACUNS that stands for Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System.

The submersible quadcopter is designed to launch from an underwater station or unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), floating to the surface from depths of hundreds of feet. It can remain dormant when not in use even under gloomy environment. The focus was not just to help the quadcopter survive but also to make it functionally efficient, so that it will still be fine to fly even after being soaked underwater for very long duration extending to hours, days and even months.

One of the most exiting features of this amphibious copter is that it is made up of 3-D printed components that ensures sufficient buoyancy and making it light. The electronic components are secured inside a waterproof compartment and the outside motors are coated with anti-corrosive coatings. The whole step has been designed to be as affordable as possible, making CRACUNS the best option for perilous operations.

The team of researchers of APL, tested the Quadcopter under harsh littoral environment by letting the drone drowned for nearly two months in salt water and later when operated it showed the same operational efficiency. So it’s now the era for underwater voyage. However, FAA may come up with regulations not to affect the marine ecosystem. Setting it apart, CRACUNS can be effectively put to use for secretive missions.

Vinithra Rajendran
A just graduated Geo geek with a never-ending curiosity on anything and everything that's GEO combined with a passion for writing.