Recreational pedal-powered submarine for two
January 2, 2010
(ChattahBox) — I could see this being a very popular luxury item for the adventure enthusiast, when it hits the market. Here’s an opportunity to explore the undersea world in your very own submarine. This pedal-powered submarine was developed by Russian company called Marine Innovative Technologies Ltd (MIT) and is expected to cost somewhere between $30,000-$80,000 USD. The craft can be powered by two people sitting side by side, with no specialist training and moves at about walking pace, which is fast enough to keep it submerged because of it’s special design made of acrylic glass and something called the Coanda effect. The propellers using the Coanda effect, direct an air jet through a flat slot, in a tangential direction, onto the surface of the vehicle, where it adheres and generates thrust. For those not into pedaling, MIT based in St Petersburg, will also offer an optional low-power, combined electric drive.
The vehicle boasts a high degree of maneuverability and with only foot pedals, steering wheel and minimal buttons and indicators, can go forwards, backwards, up and down, hover and rotate about its vertical axis. It has a diving range of close to 100 feet and safety features include an automatic system to release ballast for surfacing in an emergency. At 11ft long and 6ft 6in wide it is possible to transport the craft on the back of a car trailer.