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Aiming For a Commercially Available Submersible 66

Zothecula writes "In three years, if you happen to be 3,000 meters (9,800 ft) beneath the surface of the ocean, keep an eye out for the Cyclops. No, not the hairy giant, but the 5-passenger submersible. Once it's commercially available in 2016, it should be 'the only privately owned deep-water manned submersible available for contracts.' 'That 7-inch-thick hull will be made of carbon fiber, in which individual strips of pre-impregnated fiber are individually placed within the carbon fiber matrix. Developed by Boeing, this technique is said to offer finer production control than the more traditional filament winding process, and should allow the Cyclops to withstand the 4,300 psi (300 bar) of water pressure it will encounter at its maximum diving depth – the earlier-mentioned 3,000 meters.' As for why it's called the Cyclops, just check out its one-big-eye-like 180-degree borosilicate glass observation dome."
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Aiming For a Commercially Available Submersible

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  • Re:5 Passengers? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by CanHasDIY ( 1672858 ) on Friday August 23, 2013 @12:49PM (#44656605) Homepage Journal

    Assuming a weight capacity of 200 lb/passenger (doesn't seem an unreasonable estimate), minus the weight of the driver, you'd be able to fit about 363 Kilos of coca... I mean, 'supplies,' for an 8 hour journey. Maybe a little longer since there'd only be 1 oxygen-user on board.

    Will buying one of these put you on a watch list in one of the Wars on ?

    Are you kidding? Just talking about it probably got us both added to a watchlist or two.

    Side note, OT: How the hell do you escape greater/less than signs???

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton