Sunday, March 9, 2014

HOT Super Falcon: the ultimate submarine experience - Video

Hawkes Ocean Technologies (HOT), maker of the DeepFlight submersibles, has made the Super Falcon to be always positively buoyant — that means if everything suddenly cuts out, you'll rise to the surface rather than sink to the depths (as a conventional submarine would).

A low frontal area and a lightweight proprietary pressure hull help make the craft easy to operate for the pilot, who has a great deal of control over the Super Falcon when it comes to moving through the water: it can perform deep sea barrel rolls if you want it to, such is its nimbleness.

The Super Falcon has a cruising speed of 2-6 knots (2.3-6.9mph).

With a thrust of 230kg and an operating depth of up to 120m.

Weighing 1,800kg in total, the sub has two life support systems installed that can keep a pair of passengers alive for 12 hours should something go drastically wrong.

It uses a fly-by-wire (partly computerised) control system for smooth operation, and a marine-grade VHF radio is included so you can keep in touch with the surface while you're underwater.

The Super Falcon is 1.6m (5' 2') tall and measures 6.4m from tip to tail, so it's about one-and-a-half times the length of an average family car.

If you want a DeepFlight Super Falcon to call your own, you're going to need to part with $1.7 million (about £1 million) — they are manufactured in Richmond, California, overlooking San Francisco bay.

Here's a closer look at one of the cockpits: each passenger gets an adjustable carbon fibre seat with an integrated 5-point harness, forward and rear footrests and a bank of digital control consoles.

The craft is fitted with an on-board air conditioning system and a built-in heads-up display to help you find your way through the murkiest waters successfully.

An on-board radio system enables both passengers to communicate with each other.

Graham Hawkes is the founder and Chief Technical Officer of Hawkes Ocean Technologies.

He has more than 45 years' worth of experience in underwater engineering.

Hawkes has taken the Super Falcon around the United States, Mexico and the Middle East, and has said that the vessel's target market is wealthy executives such as Hedonist Billionaire Branson.

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