Cyclops 1 Submersible
Cyclops 1 is a 500 meters depth rated submersible. OceanGate’s Cyclops 1 functions as a test platform for software, technology and equipment to be deployed on the 4,000-meter submersible, Cyclops 2, is expected to debut commercially in 2017.
Cyclops 1 new features include an enhanced automated control system to monitor life support, power management, navigation and other critical system diagnostics. Using a combination of Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) technology and innovative system architecture designed by the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington and OceanGate’s internal engineering group, the automated control system is revolutionizing how manned submersibles operate by reducing time spent on vehicle control and increasing time to achieve mission objectives. This control system also improves mission safety, reducing opportunity for user error.
Cyclops 2 4000m Submersible
In May 2013, OceanGate announced the launch of Project Cyclops, a collaboration with the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab to build a revolutionary new manned submersible. With a depth range of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), Cyclops 2 will usher in a new era of increased access to the deep ocean for commercial exploration and research ventures.
Scheduled to debut commercially in 2018, Cyclops 2 will allow up to five crew members to dive to the ocean depths for myriad tasks and operations, including environmental assessments, site inspection, equipment testing, mapping, data collection and overall subsea operations. Featuring the largest viewport of any deep diving submersible, state-of-the-art building materials, and a lightweight design, Cyclops 2 is designed to be the most advanced and mobile deep-sea manned submersible in the world.
Titanic Survey Expedition: 2018
OceanGate Expeditions will conduct a series of week-long manned submersible operations in the north Atlantic Ocean to begin its first Titanic Survey Expedition starting in 2018.
Given the massive scale of the wreck and the debris field, multiple missions performed over several years will be required to fully document and model the wreck. This longitudinal survey to collect images, video and sonar data will provide an objective basis to assess the decay of the wreck over time and help document and preserve its submerged history.
The exploration team will conduct annual surveys of the wreck in collaboration with experts from the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory (AIVL) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as part of an on-going long-term study to document the current condition of the Titanic maritime heritage site.
5 persons (1 pilot + 4 crew)
500 meters (1,640 feet)
6.7 meters x 2.8 m x 2.5 m
(22 feet x 9.2 ft x 8.3 ft high)
8,437 kg (18,600 lbs)
1,043 kg (2,300 lbs)
Four Innerspace 1002 electric thrusters
Standard, 8 hrs (for 5 crew)
Emergency, 96 hrs (for 5 crew)