If you ever find yourself staring out at the sea, thinking, “Holy shit, I have way too much money. I should blow some of it on a personal submarine,” the Deepflight Super Falcon Mark II is here to part you from that troublesome cash.
Measuring just under 6m long by 3m wide, the 1800kg Super Falcon Mark II is comprised mostly of carbon reinforced composite and can whisk a pair of people down to 120m below the surface. What’s more, it employs a pair of stubby “wings” and a powerful, brushless DC motor to “fly” through the water at speeds up to six knots rather than simply sink to the bottom as a research vehicle, like Alvin, would.
As with all personal submarines, Deepflight places passenger safety first and foremost. The Super Falcon is positively buoyant so that in the event that the engine dies, the vehicle will automatically float to the surface. Should it get trapped underwater, the vehicle maintains a pair of redundant, 12-hour life support systems as well as both underwater and VHF radios for communication.
There’s no word on pricing for the Super Falcon, but given the array of high-end accoutrements — from its carbon fibre seats and fly-by-wire controls to optional integration with your yacht — and the fact that they’re built to order, you can bet that it’s going to cost way more than what you’ve got saved up. Although, if you’re in a pinch for a personal submarine, you could always just rent Sir Richard Branson’s. [Deepflight 1, 2 via UnCrate]