U.S. Navy Funds University to Develop "Naviator" Drone Equally Adept at Flying and Swimming

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    U.S. Navy Funds University to Develop "Naviator" Drone Equally Adept at Flying and Swimming

    Source: Carl Blesch / Rutgers University
    The Office of Naval Research (a U.S. Navy office that coordinates, executes, and promotes the science and technology programs of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps) has awarded Rutgers University (the state university of New Jersey) a grant to develop a drone – equally adept at flying through the air and navigating underwater – that could speed search-and-rescue operations, monitor the spread of oil spills and even help the Navy rapidly defuse threats from underwater mines.

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    Part submarine, part aircraft, Rutgers University researchers have developed a drone that is just as at home underwater as it is flying through the air. Image: courtesy Javier Diez

    Javier Diez, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, had been dabbling with the concept for years with the help of his graduate and undergraduate students. But when he demonstrated it to U.S. Navy research officials earlier this year, they almost immediately funded his work on new versions of the air-and-water craft.

    “They told me they’d never seen anything like it,” said Diez, who at first compared the vehicle to what nature does. “There are birds that dive into water and fish that fly,” he said. But that comparison breaks down quickly.“Waterfowl are still better at flying than swimming, and flying fish are still better at swimming than flying. Our device is equally adept at both,” he said. ”In a sense, we are defying nature rather than emulating it.”




    More here: http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3346
     
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    We say in Turkey "Türk Kafası". It means Turkish head [Turkish Brain], it is used for when someone come up with a good idea. So for this one I say Amerikan Kafası. This is a very good idea. Maybe it transforms the way we view aviation. Maybe 8th generation fighters can operate in the air and sea. Definitely helicopters could or something like the Osprey.
     
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