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China To Design Flying Submarines!, ‘Sub Drones’ That Can ‘Fly & Float’

China to design Flying Submarines, ‘Sub Drones’ that can fly and float. The country is going to design submarines based on the US Navy’s Submersible Aircraft concept. 

Accordingly, Chinese researchers are working on a flying submarine concept. That can cruise underwater and fly in the air. 

China To Design Flying Submarines

Researchers working from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in eastern China. They have claimed to have built and tested a prototype submarine drone. Accordingly, it would be capable of flying in the air at high speed.

However, the researchers say that the unmanned vessel can fulfil various civilian and military purposes. Those like inspection of underwater mines.

About Features Of Flying Submarines 

A team of researchers in China have elaborated on certain features of flying submarines. They described that the drone is driven by four propellers. Those include a pair at the front that tilts while noting that it can approach an underwater target.

China To Design Flying Submarines

However, the others linger in a particular area for long durations. Also, the drone would have two large wings that fold over its back when it glides underwater. This is then offering it a streamlined submarine shape. Then, it will reduce drag and provide higher mobility.

Furthermore, the wings extend when the drone reaches the surface of the water. Then, it will be enabling it to fly at a speed of 120 km/hr. And, that is about twice the rate of an ordinary drone run through rotor blades.

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Analysis By Professor Ang’s Team 

The lead project scientist Professor Ang Haisong explained about the challenges his team has faced during the research. He said that the flying submarine will consume little energy when cruising in fixed-wing mode.

So, it can perform some fast, long-range missions in the air. And, Ang’s team produced two scaled-down prototypes with wing spans of around two metres.

However, the biggest challenge faced by Ang’s team was during the take-off. He said that the vessel could not rise directly out of the water because of the surface waves. Also, the drone’s simultaneous interaction with air and water, would cause an unstable take-off process.

But, Ang and his team finally developed a complex control mechanism to address this issue. This will enable the submarine to glide on the waves before taking the lift for take-off.

Moreover, the submarine will have an airbag on its underside. Through which it can be flooded to adjust the buoyancy. Thus, it can maintain a certain depth without making noise with its propellers.

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