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Check out the Navy's new amphibious drone, which can fly then act as a submarine

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Aug 19, 2015, 2:33 PM EDT (Updated)

The U.S. Naval Research Lab has built a flying drone that can land on water, then dive and continue on as a submarine. Want to see it in action?

Dubbed Flimmer, the drone looks like the R.C. vehicle we always dreamed of having as children. Except, you know, with military applications. According to Popular Science, the craft is designed to carry out a variety of tasks. The list includes detecting chemicals, inspecting the severity of oil spills and searching hostile submarines. Having a craft with these capabilities obviously has a ton of potential, especially for the Navy.

The craft has a fascinating design, including both wings and flippers in a way they can both work independently of the other (without messing up the function of either). In flight, the flippers are perpendicular to the wings. But in the water they fold down to propel the craft through the water. In the video below, you can see a test flight in action, including a water landing where the craft skips like a stone before starting to dive.

Check out footage of the drone in action below and let us know what you think:

(Via Popular Science)

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