With Robor Electronics I set out to see what could happen if commercial drones were not limited to the air. The result was a platform that can combine remotely operated and (semi-)autonomous surface vessels, airborne drones, and submersibles to quickly and easily get an eye under water.
Concept & Development drone canopy
Concept & Development UDrone
A support vehicle that stays above water launches a submersible "probe". They are connected by a tether that provides power, sensor data and fast communication to the probe. The support vehicle can relay this communication to the shore wirelessly.
Splitting the system up bypasses the limitations of being under water. A flying drone can get to the site at 80 km/h. Electromagnetic signals don't travel far through water. With the tether we can have low latency, high frequency communication without having to run a cable all the way to the shore.
Using a support vehicle also simplifies the needs for the underwater vehicle. It becomes an "appendage" of the support vehicle. We can make use of the built-in functionality of off the shelf drones. This makes the platform cheaper, even with the cost of the support vehicle. It can become accessible even for hobbies like underwater photography, scuba diving and fishing.
Read more about some of the parts that I designed for the platform.