The 'Naviator' Drone Design Tackles Air and Water with Ease

By: Michael Hemsworth - Dec 26, 2015
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The complex situation with drones has led some industry leaders to believe the technology is being stunted by governmental organizations, but the 'Naviator' drone design has received funding from the Office of Naval Research, which could change perceptions.

Created by a group of engineering students at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the 'Naviator' drone design is the world's first capable of going from the air, to water without skipping a beat.

The ambitious amphibious 'Naviator' was the brainchild of Javier Diez who is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers. Explaining the functionality of the 'Naviator' drone design and why the project has received a whopping $618,000 in funding, Diez details that, "Mines are probably the biggest problem for the Navy. They need to map where mines are. Now there are a lot of false positives. This could be a better technology to rapidly investigate these potential threats. And in naval warfare, a fleet of drones could be stationed out of sight in an underwater base or on a submarine."