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This Navy-funded drone is at home in sea and sky

Magdalena Petrova | Nov. 7, 2016
The prototype is being developed by Rutgers University in New Jersey

So far, most of the funding for the Naviator has come from the U.S. Navy, which hopes to use the technology for search-and-rescue operations, locating underwater mines, and conducting at-sea fleet inspections.

But the Naviator team also sees commercial applications, such as bridge inspections, data collection, and mapping. The team is currently working on a new design that will have a seven-foot wingspan and be able to carry payloads more than three pounds. Benyo predicts the Naviator will hit the commercial market less than a year. 

 

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