For the Titanic Survey Expedition we will be using the only manned submersible in the world capable of reaching depths of 4,000 meters that is not government owned. Cyclops 2 will also have the largest view port (53 cm / 21 in. diameter) of any deep diving submersible.
Constructed of titanium and filament wound carbon fiber, she is designed to withstand the enormous pressures that are found at the very depths of the oceans. Cyclops 2 is a research class vessel used to conduct undersea missions such as site inspections, environmental assessments, equipment testing, sonar mapping and data collection.
Cyclops 2 will meet or exceed the strict submersible classification guidelines of Germanischer Lloyds including carrying 96 hours of life support plus multiple emergency recovery systems and backups. Manned submersibles are some of the safest vessels in the world. In the last 35 years there have been no deaths or serious injuries in a similarly classed manned submersible.
During each dive, the air pressure inside the submersible remains constant – and equal to the one atmosphere of pressure that we experience at sea level – regardless of the dive depth. Throughout the dive, the breathable air on board is recycled in a manner similar to that used aboard spacecraft to maintain a safe, comfortable environment.
5 persons (1 pilot + 4 crew)
4,000 meters (13,120 feet)
6.7 meters x 2.8 m x 2.5 m
(22 feet x 9.2 ft x 8.3 ft high)
8,600 kg (19,000 lbs)
1,000 kg (2,200 lbs)
Four Innerspace 1002 electric thrusters
96 hrs (for 5 crew)
- Carbon fiber hull: 12.7 cm (5 in.) thick
- Largest view port of any deep diving submersible: 53cm (21 in.) diameter
- Ascent/descent rate of 50 meters/min. (164 feet/min.)
- Integrated launch/recovery system
- Comfortable dome entry/exit