One of the most common causes of cancelled drone flights, especially in a country like the UK, is poor weather. Most UAVs are unable to fly in the rain as, even if the problem of water on the lens could be overcome, their electronic components aren’t shielded from the elements.
However, there is a growing range of waterproof drones available that can be flown in inclement weather as well as offering exciting potential to work both over and underwater. These are available to the leisure markets to allow more time to enjoy flying as a hobby but also increasingly rugged commercial models are allowing the professional user to take advantage of extending the flying season and expanding their repertoire to include filming near or underwater. More than just a fisherman’s aid, they offer the ability to cover water based sporting events such as sailing and kayaking becomes safe in the knowledge that your aircraft can withstand a good soaking.
Some amphibious craft offer interchangeable modules to allow the pilot to add facilities for various functions such as dispensing bait, fishing line or dropping payloads such as emergency supplies. The latter of these is allowing drones to become an increasingly useful member of a search and rescue team – working all conditions to carry out searches and even deliver emergency equipment directly where it is needed.
Waterproof Vs Splashproof
There is a difference between drones that are waterproof and those that are splash proof or water resistant. Splashproof drones are able to tolerate a degree of snow, rain or spray and even land on water for a minimal amount of time. Much more exposure than this would cause damage. Fully waterproof drones can withstand full submersion and in some cases, carry on filming under the surface.
Drone technology advances all the time, and their usage is increasing. Therefore, it stands to reason that these amphibious craft will continue to be developed to meet the increasing demand and at ever more affordable price points. It’s an exciting prospect.