Have to admit, I hadn’t thought of this. For no particular reason. There are planes for single users, costing more than
this mini-sub would. There are even private trips to space being planned. No reason a sub isn’t optional transportation for ocean travel. Read on:
Outspoken Virgin Atlantic boss Richard Branson has unveiled a new toy: an underwater “plane” for a voyage to the bottom of the sea. The Virgin Atlantic boss hopes the submarine with fighter jet technology will explore unchartered depths at 35,000 feet.
The $660,000 carbon-fiber prototype “Necker Nymph” will swoop 130 feet under the surface but Sir Richard, 59, is building a stronger version to go deeper than any sub has ever been.
Sir Richard said: “It is very similar to an airplane flying in the sea. You can literally do loop-the-loops.” It could eventually reach the Mariana Trench, believed to be the world’s lowest spot in the Pacific Ocean.
US company Hawkes Ocean Technology built the 15-foot winged sub, which has three 360-degree view cockpits and is steered like a plane with a joystick. Film director James Cameron used one of the company’s subs to look for underwater inspiration for his 3D blockbuster Avatar. (more)