We’re enthusiastic about underwater videography, and often on the lookout for interesting new developments in the technology. Recently, we found this video showing an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV)—more commonly referred to as a drone—and we have to say it’s pretty cool.

The amphibious drone was developed by an engineering team at Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Maryland. It can be deployed from hundreds of feet below the water’s surface, hold position under water, and then surface into the air to perform further tasks and operations. Check out the video, below, to see it in action!

One challenge that the engineering team worked hard to resolve was making the exposed parts of the drone, such as the rotors, corrosion resistant. They were able to use specialized coatings to protect the motors and other parts, and this corrosion resistance was able to withstand months of submersion in saltwater environments. Pretty amazing!

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