It looks like something out of a James Bond movie but it could very well be the most cool personal sub yet. The Hypersub is the world’s first autonomous, small submarine capable of high speed surface travel over long distances. Cool videos after the jump.
The Hypersub is the world’s first autonomous, small submarine capable of high speed surface travel over long distances. Visit our web site at hypersub.com. This is a promotional video made from the best clips filmed during the first series of 21 test dives made in Kingsley Lake, FL by the prototype. During this testing, the prototype logged over 25 hours of submerged time with two (occasionally three) crew on board at depths up to 30 feet. For each dive, the prototype charged its own systems (air and battery) and motored out using its 880 hp surface engines, carrying up to 225 gallons of fuel. The longest dive was 1 hr, 45 mins. using only cabin air. The longest single-dive distance traveled submerged was approx. 1.3 – 1.4 miles. The prototype attained submerged speeds in excess of 2.5 knots. All dives were conducted with a light battery load, and with a proper load the vessel could have gone up to 34 miles submerged in one dive.
The designers of the Hyper Sub apparently have been at this prototype for some 31 years. It’s definitely an awesome personal sub in the making but we want to know one thing – is there a USB beer cooler option somewhere?