Updated: Oct. 17, 2020 9:20:11 PM
A UK-based company is nearing completion of construction of what is widely considered to be one of the most technologically advanced and advanced surface submersible craft in the world, which closely resembles a fictional ship that appeared for the first time in the 1977 James Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’.
Developed by maritime defense technology company SubSea Craft, the VICTA spacecraft is capable of operating both on and under water. Built following a $ 15 million investment, it is expected to be sold worldwide for defense-related missions and “ advanced underwater tourism ” by next year, the Daily reported. Mail.
The craft is built for a crew of two and can carry six additional divers. On the surface of the water, it is powered by diesel engines and can reach speeds of up to 40 knots over a range of 250 nautical miles. But once submerged, lithium-ion batteries take over as the ship uses sonar technology to avoid obstacles and accelerate.
Interestingly, the 11.95-meter ship’s cockpit is completely flooded when the ship dives underwater, forcing the crew to wear heavy-duty wetsuits on board. Once fully submerged, the crew are given the opportunity to exit through the doors and explore the waters nearby.
“VICTA combines the characteristics of a fast surface craft with those of a submersible. It moves quickly and seamlessly from the surface to the basement and this transition, along with its performance in both areas, is made possible by an innovative on-the-fly control system, ”the company’s website states.
When the ship is fully built, acrylic windows, hatches, hinges and a life support system will be installed before full trials and tests are carried out, the Daily Mail reported.
The contraption is made of carbon fiber, which makes it light, faster and more maneuverable than any other comparable contraption, according to its manufacturers.
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