Remote-controlled airplanes are nothing new, but Dipper, created by researchers at ETH Zurich, is a flying machine that not only takes to the skies, but is capable of to diving from the air directly into water. To reduce water resistance, Dipper folds its wings into laminated carbon fiber. Will there eventually be drones you can buy that do this? Most certainly, and we hope sooner than later. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.
However, the most impressive aspect of the project is probably how it operates in the opposite direction – from water to air. To accomplish this feat, Dipper rises to the surface and spreads its wings, then manages to fly off directly. The team started this project to help them explore how such an aircraft can be used in search and rescue operations.