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You Can Have Your Own Submarine (For Only $1.7 Million)

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Super FalconI’ve always wanted to live in — well, okay, maybe just ride in — a yellow submarine. Who doesn’t? But I’ve read The Hunt for Red October and I can’t say that the whole Cold War militaristic submarine thing appeals all that much. What I would love, though, is to fly underwater on a DeepFlight Super Falcon personal submarine.

The DeepFlight submarine is manufactured by Hawkes Ocean Technologies, a California company comprised of designers and engineers who want to give people a chance to explore the most alien parts of Earth — the deep seas. The vehicle they came up with is part submersible and part aircraft — it looks like a submarine, but it departs from the traditional principles of buoyancy and instead embraces those of aerodynamics, including lift and draft. It also has a wingspan of about nine feet. The submarine can be used for recreation, to open up the seas to human “flight,” and the company supplies them to luxury tourists and super-yacht operators. The Super Falcon is the fifth iteration of the DeepFlight submersible, and the company says they’re “faster, lighter, inherently safer, and…more inspiring than any recreational submersible ever conceived.” Not to brag or anything.

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New Exosuit Opens New Depths To Deep Sea Divers

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Anyone who has ever gone SCUBA diving knows that the deeper one goes, the more complications could potentially arise. Equalizing to the pressure becomes more difficult, the temperature plummets, and the rise back to the surface must be undertaken slowly and with caution. Even the deepest sea divers don’t exceed a depth of 1,000 feet (and even if they did, being able to actually function down there would be another story), and people like me with a basic open-water diving certification are technically only supposed to dive about 60 feet below the surface. The new Exosuit is poised to change that.

Well, it won’t change my depth limit, sadly, but it will likely change the depths at which real deep-sea divers can function. The Exosuit is more than just a suit — it’s an “atmospheric diving system,” which makes it sound more Jacques Cousteau and less Wall Street. It was designed by Nuytco Research, an undersea technology developer in North Vancouver. Nuytco’s best known devices are the 2000-foot microsubmersibles, which are single- and double-pilot submarines used for surveying, construction, and deep-sea photography. Basically, they’re undersea pod racers.