Dan Edwards of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory is the principle investigator of Flimmer - a flying, swimming unmanned air vehicle (UAV)/unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). Flimmer can operate in the air and underwater to significantly improve tactical availability of UUVs in time-critical situations. The concept could have wide-ranging uses, from intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) to lethal strike capabilities, to simple information gathering. “Flimmer would be delivering sensors for measuring either environmental parameters, looking for chemicals in the water. Flimmer could look for oil spills and try to find the source of, say, the Gulf coast leak,” says Edwards.


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  • The Boeing drone is real,

    Developed in 2013 and yes that is a torpedo, launch and glide from 30,000 feet.

    Like I said, kind of single purpose, of course there are torpedoes that provide sensory data rather than just going boom.

  • Are you sure that photo of a Boeing drone isn't from an episode of the Thunderbirds?

  • Boeing's solution looks more heavy duty but those wings sure look very slender. The water propulsion bottom looks like a torpedo that probably detaches? Both are very cool solutions.

  • Not sure if it's meant to come out of water and fly again. That would make things lot simpler and Boeings solution actually makes sense.

  • I will be really interested to see how they manage to get the airspeed sensor to work in air and then survive underwater.

  • Cool, very nice design  I like the underwater propulsion system a lot.

    Here is Boeings solution to this problem,


    Of course it is a bit more single purpose.

    Best Regards,


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