U-Boat Worx today announced the launch of the C-Researcher 3, world’s first transparent 3-person submersible capable of diving to 1,700 meters (5,577 feet).
U-Boat Worx has teamed up with leading scientists to design a compact and cost-effective submarine that enables scientists, policy makers and philanthropists to explore the world’s oceans with an unrivaled combination of safety, high performance, ultra-wide field of vision and outstanding comfort. UBW already builds a range of private submersibles that provided the proven technology for this C-Researcher 3.
To resolve key ecological issues, the scientific community is in need for tools that enable a detailed study of our oceans. The presence of human-beings in the sub sea environment is essential in that it allows for much more effective observation and research compared to unmanned underwater vehicles.
It is the first time that a spherical acrylic pressure hull is applied to reach these depths. Bert Houtman, Founder of U-Boat Worx comments: “Those lucky few diving our C-Researcher will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of a rich and diverse underwater scenery that has been hidden from mankind since the existence of our oceans”.
Advances in design software and materials have allowed U-Boat Worx to achieve compact dimensions and a limited weight. Unlike traditional research submarines that are restricted to operate from large dedicated mother vessels, the C-Researcher 3 can be operated from a wide range of vessels including super yachts. The C-Researcher 3 can also be transported in a shipping container to minimize mobilization time and cost.
Safety of the submarine and its occupants is guaranteed by numerous safety features and redundant systems. Additionally, the independent classification authority DNV-GL oversees the design, construction and trials of each individual submersible.
An extensive list of optional tools can be mounted so that scientists can collect bottom samples and marine organisms, measure water conditions, create 2D/3D underwater maps and analyze the seabed.
For more information about the C-Researcher 3, visit the product page.