This Drone Can Stay Hidden Underwater For Months And Launch From Underwater For Aerial Missions

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Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, have developed an innovative unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can stay on station beneath the water, then launch into the air to perform a variety of missions.

The Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System — or CRACUNS — is a submersible UAV that can be launched from a fixed position underwater, or from an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

It currently can’t get back to its underwater base on its own, although an APL rep tells us that such a capability is in the works.

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A team from APL’s Force Projection Sector worked with fabrication experts in the Research and Exploratory Development Department to create a new type of unmanned vehicle that can operate effectively in two very different arenas: air and water.

SOURCEJHU Applied Physics Laboratory
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