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Video of the Loon Copter for the 2016 Drones for Good Competition. The Loon Copter was selected as 1 of 10 semifinalist in the international category. The competition had received 1017 entries from 165 countries.

The Loon Copter submarine drone project started in 2014 at Oakland University and is the first multi-rotor drone to successfully demonstrate flight, operation on the surface of water, as well as diving.

This is a proof-of-concept prototype and there is still a lot of work to be done. We are looking into extended wireless range underwater, navigation underwater, a redesign of the hull for more efficient diving, payloads for different applications, etc. If you like to support this project, please “like” the Loon Copter on the semifinalists webpage here:

34 COMMENTS

  1. Hi There. I am from NTD Television, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering audiences worldwide. Our mission is to inspire people through Humanity, Hope and Truth. I sent you a message through Youtube message system regarding this video. I am looking forward to your reply. Thank you. Alexei

  2. Guys, why don't you make a footage which shows that seemless diving? I mean, can you show how it films in the air and then dives underwater and films under the surface?

  3. There's no point making a waterproof drone because they can't go very far under water because Radio signals don't go very far under water that's why Rc submarines are Telford to a cable which goes up to the surface

  4. Have you thought about making one with wings and tilting props? I made a design that was inspired by deep flight submersible wich use wings instead of taking in water to submerge .(check out vassi solutions on instagram) I don't have the funds or skills to build one myself but I would love to see the idea in real life.

  5. smal sugestion if you want do use it for search and rescue add solar panals an give it a way to stay in the water to shorten the response time.
    hope to see a reply.

  6. I want an advanced version that has the camera rotate underwater so that you can record while airborne but also underwater without much hassle.

    Have fun with your first million dollars.

  7. Would it work in seawater? I think it would be amazing to equip it with a good underwater camera maybe with infrared and special optics. Could help save lives in catastrophes at sea/near drowning accidents.
    Also for exploring hard to reach underwater caves/holes etc. although it would be good to make it in colors that doesn't attract predator fish that thinks it's food. 🙂

  8. Doesn't the high resistance of the propellers traveling through the water cause the motors to cog? Brushless RC vehicle motors start to "cog" if strained too much to spin

  9. It would be great to see a shot that is longer than 5 seconds. A continuous shot of transition all the way from air to water, from both perspectives.

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