Nautical engineers have long dreamed of a craft that could race across wave tops like a speedboat and seconds later dive beneath them like a submarine. But crossing the two breeds presents a catch-22: Subs need heft to sink, but speedboats need to be lightweight to go fast. With an investment of nearly $2 million and years of research, former auto-shop owner Reynolds Marion of Lake City, Florida, has finally hit on a solution, a machine he's dubbed the Hyper-Submersible Powerboat. When complete, it will reach speeds of up to 45 mph and dive down to 1,200 feet.
He has designed four add-on kits for the sub that outfit it for applications ranging from day cruises to Coast Guard missions. The only thing left for the team to do is verify that all the sub's components meet the standards set for both over- and underwater vehicles. Marion expects to start mass production next year, with the subs going for $2.5 to $4 million.
How it Works
2 The front ballast chambers fill first, sending the boat into a five-degree, 60-feet-per-minute dive.
3 Once underwater, the pilot deploys dive fins, angles them downward with a joystick, and engages the thrusters to dive faster.
4 To raise the boat, the pump system fills the chambers with 400 cubic feet of air from pressurized tanks, reseals the hull, and resurfaces in 30 seconds.
drug smugglers. This is one of those "good idea/bad idea" ideas.
James Bond wants several, I should think. You know, of course, that you could run this submarine on gravity alone and not use fuel at all, don't you? Just guide the sinking. No energy means no energy signature, too.
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That's right! We shouldn't ever do anything cool or new because drug smugglers might use it!
The drug war is a crock. Legalize, tax, and regulate.
People will abuse it anyway. Look at prescription meds. Some geniuses even huff paint. You'll never stop people from doing what they want or trying to get intoxicated. You'd think the repeal of prohibition would have been a clue. Anyhow, I better stop. Some DEA agents have families to feed and doors to kick down in a paramilitary raid. All in the name of keeping you from harming yourself!
There already exists surface craft that can "fly" underwater using wings and rudders, without the problem of ballast considerations.
I'm impressed that this sub can dive to 1,200 feet, but unless it's constructed a lot better than it appears to be, with nice big picture windows, I doubt anyone would be alive in it when it got there.
LoL! ^_^ I'd still want one just to try it out! Too bad it can't fly too. =(
Oh well, since it reaches 45 mph ill just build a ramp and make it fly! xD
Tampa is a strong cultural-based community that offers a wide variety of options .. Tom Cruise will travel by speed boat whilst being chased by a helicopter to travel with their hero to Osaka on the worlds fastest bullet train.
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