First came the personal computer, followed by the personal phone and, most recently, the personal drone. Now the personal submarine is about to be unleashed on the world. The all-electric Deepflight Dragon, the world's most compact personal submarine, can take passengers to depths of up to 400 feet and can also fit neatly onboard many yachts. Soon, Earth's final frontier will be just another playground for curious humans with $1.5 m to pour into underwater adventures.
The two-person Deepflight Dragon is only 16.4 feet long and 6.2 feet wide and has been designed for easy launching and piloting. Onboard Dive Manager software monitors the critical functions of the sub and sets the depth limit for the dive, leaving even an inexperienced pilot free to enjoy the underwater scenery. The Dragon can hover in the water, allowing pilots to follow pods of dolphins, lone sharks, or other sea life as they glide along in the underwater realm.
The Dragon is a zero emissions vehicle, running on an underwater lithium battery pack. For those prone to range anxiety, the battery’s six-hour life should be a comfort. But, should the craft’s engines stop working, the submarine, which is naturally buoyant, will float to the surface.
Though the cost of the Deepflight Dragon puts it out of reach of the average consumer, it may just open up a new rental business for tour companies. “Everything about the Dragon has been designed for ease-of-use,” said Deepflight founder Graham Hawkes. “It is so intuitively easy to use for the uninitiated, that I think this will become the first submarine that can go into a rental program, where a resort can rent it by the hour.”
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