Key features of research

RESEARCH

Having the capability of performing a private submarine dive experience is a unique selling point for any research organisation – allowing scientists and researchers with restricted access to explore the deepest and most far-flung regions of the world’s oceans.

Research features

Unlimited research options

U-Boat Worx’ research submersibles can be applied in various fields of marine and related sciences: marine geology and geophysics, hydro- and geo- chemistry, hydrology, marine biology and ecology, marine protected areas, coastal management and cartography, archaeology and more.

Research Equipment

U-Boat Worx’ research submersibles can be outfitted with a variety of different options depending on the application: 4K Video Camera with Pan & Tilt; Manipulator Arm with collection basket; Sampling devices; Geophysical Systems (magnetometers, side scan sonars, bottom profilers, sub-bottom profilers); Inspection Equipment (Gas Analysers, Laser Scaling, Thermal Cameras, Radiation Meters); 2D / 3D Sonars; LBL & USBL Acoustic Positioning Equipment.

Extended mission time

Our environmentally friendly Lithium-ion battery system – developed in-house by U-Boat Worx – results in a 350% increase of battery capacity when compared to traditional submersibles that use lead-acid battery power. The technology has been tested to 4,000 metres deep and stores a total of 62 kWh. An abundance of power makes it possible to apply more and stronger electrical thrusters, extend mission time, install additional lights, and halve travel time between the surface and the ocean floor.

Research expeditions

Thanks to the submersible and skilled pilot of U-Boat Worx we were able to uncover new secrets from depths that were impossible to reach before. Despite the demanding dive schedule, weather and unchartered depths, we successfully achieved our objective of mapping each shipwreck and surrounding areas.

– Ian Koblick, Co-Founder AURORA Trust Foundation

HMHS Britannic Expedition

The sister ship of the infamous Titanic, Britannic sank 100 years ago in the Aegean Sea. It is however much easier to dive and explore than the Titanic. The wreck of HMHS Britannic in about 400 feet (122 m) of water where the C-Explorer 5 equipped with imaging sonar and 4K camera’s went down to film the expedition. This vessel is the largest passenger ship on the sea floor, followed by Titanic.

Archeological Expedition in Panarea

The C-Explorer 3 – the submarine used during this operation – was equipped with cameras to take both video and digital images of each of these ancient wreck sites. Hundreds of high-resolution images were recorded of each of the shipwrecks as the submersible was guided with precision over the wrecks. After each dive, the digital images were processed onsite, utilising special software, into detailed 2D and 3D photo mosaics. These were provided to the Italian authorities that accompanied the expedition.

Burdigala Expedition

The SS Burdigala was a French and ex-German ocean liner that hit a mine laid by U-73 (the same submarine which sunk HMHS Britannic) in the Aegean sea. The Super Yacht Sub 3 was used inspect the sponges that have been growing since she sank over a hundred years ago.

Save Our Seas Expedition Maldives

The Save Our Seas organisation collected information on whale sharks, which are specially adapted to a diet of zooplankton, harmless and very passive in nature. By taking ID shots of the whale sharks found in the area, The Save Our Seas foundation has been able to contribute vital information to other organisations concentrating on the conservation of the whale shark, the biggest fish in the ocean.

Selected models

C-Researcher series

C-Researcher Series
  • C-Researcher 2
    500 M 1,640 Ft
    5,750 KG 12,700 Lb
    2
  • C-Researcher 2
    1,140 M 3,740 Ft
    7,200 KG 15,800 Lb
    2
  • C-Researcher 2
    3,000 M 9,840 Ft
    9,960 KG 21,950 Lb
    2
  • C-Researcher 3
    300 M 1,000 Ft
    6,300 KG 13,900 Lb
    3
  • C-Researcher 3
    1,140 M 3,740 Ft
    8,900 KG 19,620 Lb
    3
  • C-Researcher 3
    2,500 M 8,200 Ft
    11,300 KG 24,910 Lb
    3
  • C-Researcher 3 LH
    500 M 1,640 Ft
    4,100 KG 9,040 Lb
    3
  • C-Researcher 3 LH
    1,700 M 5,570 Ft
    10,500 KG 23,150 Lb
    3
Learn about the C-Researcher series Learn more

Super Yacht Sub series

Super Yacht Sub 3
  • Super Yacht Sub 3
    300 M 1,000 Ft
    3,800 KG 8,380 Lb
    3
Learn about the Super Yacht Sub series Learn more
C-Researcher series
Super Yacht Sub series
  • C-Researcher series

    C-Researcher Series
    • C-Researcher 2
      500 M 1,640 Ft
      5,750 KG 12,700 Lb
      2
    • C-Researcher 2
      1,140 M 3,740 Ft
      7,200 KG 15,800 Lb
      2
    • C-Researcher 2
      3,000 M 9,840 Ft
      9,960 KG 21,950 Lb
      2
    • C-Researcher 3
      300 M 1,000 Ft
      6,300 KG 13,900 Lb
      3
    • C-Researcher 3
      1,140 M 3,740 Ft
      8,900 KG 19,620 Lb
      3
    • C-Researcher 3
      2,500 M 8,200 Ft
      11,300 KG 24,910 Lb
      3
    • C-Researcher 3 LH
      500 M 1,640 Ft
      4,100 KG 9,040 Lb
      3
    • C-Researcher 3 LH
      1,700 M 5,570 Ft
      10,500 KG 23,150 Lb
      3
    Learn about the C-Researcher series
  • Cruise Sub series

    Cruise Sub Series
    • Cruise Sub 5
      500 M 1,640 Ft
      8,500 KG 18,750 Lb
      5
    • Cruise Sub 5
      1,140 M 3,750 Ft
      11,000 KG 24,250 Lb
      5
    • Cruise Sub 5
      1,700 M 5,570 Ft
      16,000 KG 35,260 Lb
      5
    • Cruise Sub 7
      300 M 1,000 Ft
      9,500 KG 20,940 Lb
      7
    • Cruise Sub 7
      1,140 M 3,740 Ft
      14,500 KG 31,970 Lb
      7
    • Cruise Sub 9
      300 M 1,000 Ft
      11,000 KG 24,250 Lb
      9
    • Cruise Sub 11
      200 M 650 Ft
      13,300 KG 29,320 Lb
      11
    Learn about the Cruise Sub series
  • Super Yacht Sub series

    Super Yacht Sub 3
    • Super Yacht Sub 3
      300 M 1,000 Ft
      3,800 KG 8,380 Lb
      3
    Learn about the Super Yacht Sub series
  • C-Explorer series

    C-Explorer Series
    • C-Explorer 3
      300 M 1,000 Ft
      6,010 KG 13,250 Lb
      3
    • C-Explorer 5
      200 M 650 Ft
      7,340 KG 16,180 Lb
      5
    Learn about the C-Explorer series
  • HiPer Sub series

    HiPer Sub Series
    • Hiper Sub 2
      100 M 330 Ft
      2,500 KG 5,510 Lb
      2
    • Hiper Sub 4
      100 M 330 Ft
      3,200 KG 7,050 Lb
      4
    Learn about the HiPer Sub series
Model Overview
feet/poundsmeter/kilogram
  • Occupants (min.)

    2
    11
  • Depth (min.)

    100
    3000
    328
    9840
  • Weight (max.)

    2480
    16000
    5465
    35270
  • Height (max.)

    150
    290
    60
    120