Airvada Diodon introduced an inflatable drone that can land on water or not sink when you accidentally crash it into the water. The electronics is covered of a central waterproof box, the motors and foldable props of the drone sit on six inflatable tubes. These can be attached to an air pump and inflated to rigid arms within a minute.
An entire airframe enough to float on the surface of water, a mid-air deflation of one or more arms would be catastrophic. The drone’s waterproofing will also allow it to fly in heavy rain or sea conditions. The company plans to produce three versions, from the SP20, which measures 700 x 700 x 100 mm unfolded and can carry a GoPro-sized camera for up to 20 minutes, through the MP40 that measures 1,200 x 1,200 x 150 mm and can carry a compact camera with gimbal for up to 30 minutes, up to the HP150, which measures 1,500 x 1,500 x 200 mm and can carry a stabilized 1.5-kg camera for up to 35 minutes.
No release dates have been announced, but each will come with its own compact electric pump. To see it in action watch video below in french language.