Underwater Drone

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I would like to design a deep water drone that can reach the bottom of a lake. The drone will be roughly 2.5 feet long by 2 feet high by 1/2 foot wide. It will have an infra-red camera in front and a propeller in the back.
The prototype should reach a depth of 300 ft. It should be able to operate below 32 degrees Fahrenheit for long periods of time. The skin of the prototype needs to be flexible because the inside will be filled with a jelly. The jelly will be taking all the water pressure.

It will also have a backbone with a go pro camera up front and space in the back for a propeller. The prototype will look fish like.
  1. AutoCAD


#7 Underwater Drone by REDA
2016-02-17 21:04:01
#9 Attack of the Drones .... Concept 2 by Decker
Attack of the Drones .... Concept 2
2016-02-18 01:29:52
#10 V2 by Vladimir Nikolic
2016-02-18 14:44:12
#11 V2 -white version by Vladimir Nikolic
2016-02-18 19:19:03
#12 fish drone v2 by Adam
2016-02-18 19:38:46
#13 Attack of the Drones - umbilical corded up - concept 3 by Decker
Incorporating a handle, hook, umbilical cord and method of accessing the camera when surfaced.
2016-02-25 15:48:36
#2 Dorry by Decker
Fish Submarine With Large Front Window to pivot GoPro for those Awesome Shots. Fin steering like a real fish.
2016-02-12 13:54:02
#3 Underwater Drone by REDA
2016-02-14 16:15:06
#4 Underwater ROV by Marcello Messias
300 ft depth - with 2 vertical thrusters and 4 x 45º horizontal thrusters. Easy fabrication and all materials found on market.
2016-02-15 21:17:04
#5 FISH DRONE by Adam
2016-02-16 02:35:39
#6 under water don by Ashik vs
2016-02-17 06:47:42
#8 Underwater Drone V3 by REDA
2016-02-17 21:37:57
#15 Food for thought by Decker
Incorporating a capsule for the Go Pro and camera equipment.
2016-02-26 22:40:55
#16 UD1 by Edwerd
2016-02-27 11:33:25
#1 dd2 by Vladimir Nikolic
underwater drone
2016-02-11 12:46:06
#17 wedge flyer by Decker
Unique Wedge Shape c/w rotating fan style maneuvering thrusters
2016-03-02 01:17:12


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Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:14:08 +0000
why end the contest to end in two days early, actually I am working on that



Wed, 09 Mar 2016 06:02:30 +0000
Hi Adam ,

Edi Suhendi


Mon, 07 Mar 2016 03:38:38 +0000
Hi, Asim Goraya
You want in my design drone have a single tail? Also, you want design of drone have frame and body are integrated into a single strong structur (unibody)?.
Sun, 06 Mar 2016 16:53:04 +0000
I like your design, but could I see it with one vertical fin. Two tails that close together lose there advantage. I would prefer a unibody design over a drone made of multiple pieces.
Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:12:30 +0000
Can you make it blind please?
Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:35:05 +0000

Check out iBUBBLE resources and info


This is idea is already out there minus the jelly.



Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:22:40 +0000
Lhommequisaitlire , Ohhh thank you very much ... coool;)
Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:03:55 +0000
I was just waiting for someone to copycat the "iBUBBLE"....><>...><>...><>...:)
Sun, 14 Feb 2016 19:11:33 +0000
Reda you are the best of the best



Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:15:24 +0000
Fun project, Lots of creative freedom here to generate concept ideas from. Thanks
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:07:25 +0000
Dear Asim Goraya,
there is a problem,
an object so large in the shape of fish in a lake will be mistaken for a predator from any other living being,
so will trigger a general stampede.
However 300 ft below the level would find only scrap fallen over the centuries,
maybe some treasure? :)
Still technologically very interesting.

Flaviano Crespi
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:17:01 +0000
You said you attached some images but I can`t find them.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:03:45 +0000
Hi Guys,

I imagine the underwater drone to be used by biology students or underwater enthusiasts to explore lake bottoms. It will be small, able to be operated by a single person. It will be tethered from a surface vessel. I imagine that an IR Camera would work better at the bottom of a lake than an optical camera. The drone can stay in one place to see underwater vegetation and watch sea life go by, or follow animals around. This is a first prototype that will be made into a 3D model that I can Experiment with. Think of it as the test model and not a finished product ready to ship. Finally I have added some images of vehicles I would like the drone to look like.


I would like a design for the body of the underwater drone. I will be using of the shelf motors and a GoPro camera with an IR lens. It is like asking for the design of a car body.

Based on the responses I got, I would like the drone to have two motors. The motors will be mounted in housings in the fins. One motor for each fin.

The fins can rotate 180 degrees like the US Navy Osprey.

The fins have a large surface area in order to maneuver. The fins will work like the fins on a humpback whale.

The drone should stay underwater for at least an hour

The jelly is being used to give the drone its structure. Instead of using a thick hull to resist high water pressure. The drone will be liquid filled.

The drone should resist popping.



Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:27:36 +0000
Here ya go.

Contact them for pricing. It's already designed and you don't have to spend $400.00 here.

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:49:32 +0000
I find this project suspicious. It's disguise d to look like a fish. It will payloaded with a jelly material. A single propeller at the aft section.

If you're looking for someone to design a TORPEDO of some sort , just say so.

Not enough info...
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:02:36 +0000
Hi Asim,

I can work on your project full time
I do have experience designing and building small submarine.
I also have experience with 3D printing (I have a reprap printer)

You can look for Omer ETS , I was team leader of the project from 2012 to 2015.

But as most people say, I need more information.
Do you already have the propultion and controle systeme and only need frame/structure?
What will the jelly be used for? does it need to be food safe? only watertight?

I can start to work on your design as soon as I have more information.

PS: I prefer to work with soldwork than Autocad.
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:24:40 +0000
agreed with admin not enough info
would also suggest not enough money either
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:10:17 +0000
What is your infrared camera intended for? infrared radiation, or any electromagnetic radiation (including any possible wireless control) aside from the visible spectrum gets greatly absorbed by water and is largely considered unusable underwater.
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:06:36 +0000
hi Asim
I have been involved in the design and build of large and small ROV's and AUV's, you will not have full manoeuvrability with one motor/prop.
also, how are you planning to control the drone, is it tethered from surface vessel or launched to swim free (this will require onboard data programming for route planning)

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:35:56 +0000
How long is the drone required to stay under water and is it intended to be wireless or wired?

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