Splash Drone: Waterproof Drone with Autonomous Features

Splash Drone on KIKE CALVO BLOG

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels.

“I have been working on drones since 2007, way before most people knew what they were, said Alex Rodriguez. ” Back then I was a video producer at a TV station, but my obsession with drones lead me to a career change. Along the way I’ve met some incredible people. After forming a team of like-minded drone geeks, we’ve successfully made and brought to market our own On Screen Display (OSD), a Long Range System (LRS) and other drone accessories.”

“We always knew that we wanted to make a waterproof drone, but it needed to be practical and easy to fly for first time users,” said Rodriguez.  “So with our combination of experience in both manufacturing and drone design, we started working on a concept. After tons of feedback and several iterations, the Splash Drone was born. Above all, the most difficult challenge was developing the waterproof gimbal. We started with a clear dome, but quickly realized that we needed a gimbal that could touch the water, uncovered. After many iterations, tests and sleepless nights, we have completed the tooling, injection mold and design of all the major components.”

Features:

• Fully integrated design
• Internal 5.8ghz 600mw video transmitter
• Self Tightening Carbon Fiber Props
• Payload Release Mechanism
• Emergency Flare Carrying System
• Autonomous Flight Controller
• Waterproof Gimbal

The team has now launched a Kickstarter project, and at this point, all they need is your pledge to start manufacturing the Splash Drone. If you feel their idea and product is worth it, check them out.

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