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Crowdfunded Effort Could Build World's 10th Deepest Diving Submersible 27

An anonymous reader writes with an optimistic, present-tense summary of a crowdfunding project to explore Earth's deep ocean: "The Ictineu 3 will be the 10th deepest diving submersible in the world when it is launched later this year. Compared to its deep diving peers, including Russia's Mirs, Japan's Shinkai 6500, the U.S.'s Alvin,and Cameron's Deep Sea Challenger submersibles, the Ictineu 3 was developed on a shoestring budget. The management partners are self-taught, without formal engineering education. Instead of massive government grants, the project has been funded by a trickle of small grants, sponsorships, and private donors. Along with Karl Stanley, the Ictineu team are heroes to the DIY submariners of the world."
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Crowdfunded Effort Could Build World's 10th Deepest Diving Submersible

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  • When they get into deep water, telling yourself "no pressure" isn't really helpful at all.
  • If it hasn't been launched and tested how can they say it 'will be' the 10th deepest diving sub ever?

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Saturday July 27, 2013 @02:56PM (#44401151)

    "How deep will it dive?"

    "All the way to the bottom if we don't stop it."

    The real trick is to make it surface again.

    • Yup! If you want a sub that can ONLY go to the bottom and never resurface, just hire a Spanish Engineer. Apparently they have some knowledge on that specific field.
  • ...without formal engineering education...

    What could possibly go wrong?

    • That (no engineering background) is not true. From TFA:

      "All the design work, the calculations and engineering systems have been done entirely in Catalonia, in collaboration with engineering companies that have shown a great capacity for innovation, research, and the ability to meet new challenges".

      Two of the four "leaders" have engineering background. One of them has experience in marine design. Engineering companies and students have cooperated in the project.

  • From what I understand, the submersible hasn't been under water in any significant depth. Already claiming it will be the 10th deepest diving (known) submersible if you don't have the 9th and/or the 11th or something similar already on your resume, is rather bold. For all we know, they might have goofed up and will not reach over 1/3 of their estimated depth due to some oversight. I wish them the best of luck, but design specs are hard to meet when a tiny mistake will turn your whole project into a crumpled

I've got a bad feeling about this.