Friday, March 6, 2015
New submersible will enable descents to 10,000 feet
06 March 2015
EVERETT, Wash. - Cyclops is a new underwater submersible designed to do everything, from assessing whether oil is leaking from old ship wrecks to exploring what caused new ones, from diving on oil rigs to shooting Hollywood movies.
OceanGate is a company that now bases itself along the Everett waterfront and is designing and assembling Cyclops, which gets its name from the one-eyed giants of Greek mythology. The Cyclops sub has a big glass bubble at one end.
The first Cyclops has a metal hull that's good down to 1,600 feet. That submersible will soon be followed by others able to reach depths of more than 10,000 feet with a hull made from seven-inch thick carbon fiber composite, much like the super strong material that makes up the Boeing 787.
OceanGate isn't selling the tools, says OceanGate CEO and founder Stockton Rush. It's selling a service - the submarine, launch platform and pilot to perform missions.
Much of its design is based around safety. Controls are simpler. In fact Cyclops ties into a Sony video game controller that is used to fly it. The outer fiberglass shell has smooth blisters that shield thrusters, keeping them from getting hung up on underwater cables, fishing nets and other hazards that risk trapping a submersible underwater for too long.