'Loon Copter' Drone can Fly, Float and Dive Underwater

Isn't it about time quadcopters started going underwater? How else are you supposed to film yourself scuba-diving or get the perfect killer-whale selfie? If you've been suffering from these first-world problems, you'll be relieved to know that some genius scientists over at Oakland University, Michigan, have developed a drone capable of flying, swimming and diving under the water's surface...

They call it the Loon Copter, and it could soon be coming to a swimming pool or ocean near you. The ingenious drone flies like any other, but can land on water and propel itself along the surface. The clever design includes a buoyancy chamber and a pump which, when combined to fill the chamber with water, allows the drone to full submerge, tipping onto one side as it does so.  

The props are then called back into action, but this time instead of creating lift they push the drone through the water, allowing the user to film a point of interest or gather data. The Loon Copter's ballast system allows for depth to be controlled, and when you're ready the pump will empty out the buoyancy chamber and bring the drone back up to the surface. 

There are all sorts of potential uses for multi-functional drone such as these. Simple underwater selfies, wildlife conservation, tracking oil spills and automated shark deterrent have all been suggested so far. Now all they need to do is make a slightly bigger version, let's say one that can fit a passenger. Then the real fun begins...