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(Some Guy)   Richard Branson launches the coolest submarine ever. w/vid   (virginoceanic.com) divider line 67
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2011-04-09 01:34:47 PM
Sorry, subby, it's no SeaBreacher (new window)

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2011-04-09 01:43:44 PM
Meh.
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2011-04-09 01:43:49 PM
Seaquest?
 
2011-04-09 01:53:08 PM
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Let them sing.
 
2011-04-09 02:04:41 PM

LesserEvil: Sorry, subby, it's no SeaBreacher (new window)


Those are cool, but they don't dive to record depths. I'd love to see more of the design specs of that sub beyond what's on the website to see how they're dealing with the pressure elements.
 
2011-04-09 02:24:37 PM
I wonder how much of a carbon footprint this little toy made, Mister Branson?
 
2011-04-09 02:31:34 PM
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2011-04-09 02:31:38 PM

unyon: I'd love to see more of the design specs of that sub beyond what's on the website to see how they're dealing with the pressure elements.


Beer, Xanax and yoga?
 
2011-04-09 02:35:05 PM
So THAT is how he's gonna die! And all this time people were thinking balloons, pfft.
 
2011-04-09 02:39:13 PM
12,000 feet
- Eaten by Cthulhu, encapsulated forever in pure evil.
 
JTW
2011-04-09 02:44:05 PM
Vid is CGI.

I am disappoint.
 
2011-04-09 02:50:52 PM

WTF Indeed: Meh.


Don't you ever post that again. It took me a decade to forget that show.
 
2011-04-09 02:55:57 PM

JTW: Vid is CGI.

I am disappoint.


There are a few picture at the bottom of this page. It looks like its been built.

Sub's First Swim Test (new window)
 
2011-04-09 02:56:45 PM

JTW: Vid is CGI.

I am disappoint.


Yup... where's the actual coffi- I mean... boat?
 
2011-04-09 03:02:40 PM

JTW: Vid is CGI.

I am disappoint.


Yeah, because they'd have to build two to film it. Plus there is probably not much to see at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. If there are scary critters and/or shipwrecks that would be cool, though.
 
2011-04-09 03:07:50 PM
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Quint: Cage goes in the water, billionaire go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark.
[sings]
Quint: Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain. For we've received orders for to sail back to Boston. And so nevermore shall we see you again.
 
2011-04-09 03:10:32 PM
I can't wait for the bad puns/Fark headlines that'll reference this when a Virgin jet crashes into the ocean.

How much oxygen can this thing pack BTW? It looks relatively small and probably requires an engine and some sort of batteries/fuel tank as well, not leaving that much space for oxygen tanks IMO. (IANASD)
 
2011-04-09 03:12:24 PM
See stinking rich people, THIS is how you spend your money.
 
2011-04-09 03:20:57 PM
Those fixed wings look highly impractical. It's not a coincidence that you don't see anything like these on submarines.
 
2011-04-09 03:25:43 PM
Voyage To See What's On The Bottom
 
2011-04-09 03:27:18 PM
He is so farking cool. I wish he was my Dad.
 
2011-04-09 03:41:40 PM

belgianguy: I can't wait for the bad puns/Fark headlines that'll reference this when a Virgin jet crashes into the ocean.

How much oxygen can this thing pack BTW? It looks relatively small and probably requires an engine and some sort of batteries/fuel tank as well, not leaving that much space for oxygen tanks IMO. (IANASD)


The site says there's a 24-hour life support, and that it'll take about 5 hours to the bottom of the Marianas trench and back. Theoretically.
 
2011-04-09 03:46:25 PM

belgianguy: I can't wait for the bad puns/Fark headlines that'll reference this when a Virgin jet crashes into the ocean.

How much oxygen can this thing pack BTW? It looks relatively small and probably requires an engine and some sort of batteries/fuel tank as well, not leaving that much space for oxygen tanks IMO. (IANASD)


Oxygen scrubbing systems, while expensive, don't take up a lot of room.
 
2011-04-09 03:47:19 PM

Suede head: He is so farking cool. I wish he was my Dad.


Knowing your mother the way I do I wouldn't be surprised if he was. ;-)
 
2011-04-09 03:49:24 PM
For homemade submarines, I still give mad props to my countrymen who went with the classic design for their hobby project UC3 Nautilus:

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Diesel-electric, snorkel, theoretical crush depth at around 1300 feet - only dives to about 300 ft, though. There's a gentleman's agreement with the Copenhagen port authorities to not use it when foreign navies visit the port...

Incidentlayy, in the photo, it's pushing the same team's first attempt at a space-going rocket - apparently they got bored with submarines.
 
2011-04-09 03:58:06 PM
It seems to me that the cooler end of Branson's toys are way out of the common man's price range.
 
2011-04-09 04:28:55 PM
Max Stone is not impressed.
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Call me when you have your own Sealab, Ricky.
Whip Cracka!
 
2011-04-09 04:38:41 PM
No farking way am I going to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in some rich guys toy.
 
2011-04-09 05:02:25 PM

ThisNameSux: No farking way am I going to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in some rich guys toy.


Yeah the last time they tried that in bathysphere that was built like a brick shiathouse in 1960. That was when science was SCIENCE! And the the bathyscaphe as they called it was sphere of enforced steel and inches thick quartz glass. And it partially failed. No one has been back since because it's almost certain suicide. No way in hell that lego toy going to survive those kind of crushing depths.
 
2011-04-09 05:12:55 PM

Franco: ThisNameSux: No farking way am I going to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in some rich guys toy.

Yeah the last time they tried that in bathysphere that was built like a brick shiathouse in 1960. That was when science was SCIENCE! And the the bathyscaphe as they called it was sphere of enforced steel and inches thick quartz glass. And it partially failed. No one has been back since because it's almost certain suicide. No way in hell that lego toy going to survive those kind of crushing depths.


I know, right? If only science had progressed in the past 50 years....
 
2011-04-09 05:25:42 PM
lotta haters in this thread. this is so unbelievably awesome, i just hope the calculated depths are in fact reachable with this sub.
 
2011-04-09 05:37:23 PM

WTF Indeed: Meh.


That has to be one of the most poorly designed submarines I have ever seen; unless the artist was going for phallic imagery.
 
2011-04-09 05:38:37 PM

Sherjo311: lotta haters in this thread. this is so unbelievably awesome, i just hope the calculated depths are in fact reachable with this sub.


I can't believe they're starting with the Mariana Trench. You'd think they'd start with the other trenches first.
 
2011-04-09 05:38:52 PM
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Sherjo311: lotta haters in this thread. this is so unbelievably awesome, i just hope the calculated depths are in fact reachable with this sub.


Well, this stuff has been done decades ago. I just wonder if the market is there. This is orders of magnitude more realistic and feasible than the usual Space Nuttery that gets geeks wet, though.
 
2011-04-09 05:40:43 PM

Franco: ThisNameSux: No farking way am I going to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in some rich guys toy.

Yeah the last time they tried that in bathysphere that was built like a brick shiathouse in 1960. That was when science was SCIENCE! And the the bathyscaphe as they called it was sphere of enforced steel and inches thick quartz glass. And it partially failed. No one has been back since because it's almost certain suicide. No way in hell that lego toy going to survive those kind of crushing depths.


I know, right? I bet he designs and engineers it himself, like that total FAIL space ship, too!

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2011-04-09 05:41:30 PM

Devoid: Franco: ThisNameSux: No farking way am I going to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in some rich guys toy.

Yeah the last time they tried that in bathysphere that was built like a brick shiathouse in 1960. That was when science was SCIENCE! And the the bathyscaphe as they called it was sphere of enforced steel and inches thick quartz glass. And it partially failed. No one has been back since because it's almost certain suicide. No way in hell that lego toy going to survive those kind of crushing depths.

I know, right? If only science had progressed in the past 50 years....


Except for transistors, very little actually. Please point me to a specific example of *science* that was unkown 50 years ago. Giant Magnetoresistance? OK. How does that help against massive pressure?

Are we using a new and different table of elements? Is the 747 that first flew in 1969 noticeably different today? Well, is it?

What's changed? Almost nothing.
 
2011-04-09 05:46:49 PM
Is it possible to simulate the pressure the sub is going to be exposed to during testing? Sure you can squeeze using mechanical means but can you put it in a tank and ramp up the pressure to match the bottom of the ocean?
 
2011-04-09 05:53:11 PM

ThisNameSux: Is it possible to simulate the pressure the sub is going to be exposed to during testing? Sure you can squeeze using mechanical means but can you put it in a tank and ramp up the pressure to match the bottom of the ocean?


Sure you can but I guess it would be a lot cheaper to just let it sink in the ocean and see what happens, no?
 
2011-04-09 05:59:02 PM

traylor: Sure you can but I guess it would be a lot cheaper to just let it sink in the ocean and see what happens, no?


Yeah, I notice that Sir Richard is piloting the 2nd mission. He didn't live this long by being a moron.
 
2011-04-09 06:03:35 PM
I know that this means nothing but it LOOKS crap.
 
2011-04-09 06:05:48 PM
I'd also love to see more detail on the design and materials. From a layman's view, this appears so unlike all other high pressure resistant craft I have seen in the past, that it must be either revolutionary in some way, or its make of unicorn fart vapor.

I'm guessing revolutionary design. I'd love to know how they expect this to survive the pressure, how the pilot is supposed to survive, and how the craft will be powered for 24 hours underwater and cruise up to 10km at depth. If they can make it happen, farking incredible in my book. Kudos to the whole team for getting off the couch and attempting something wholly amazing.
 
2011-04-09 06:28:00 PM

ThisNameSux: Sherjo311: lotta haters in this thread. this is so unbelievably awesome, i just hope the calculated depths are in fact reachable with this sub.

I can't believe they're starting with the Mariana Trench. You'd think they'd start with the other trenches first.


if the tests show vessel integrity at depths they'll reach in the marianna trench, then i suppose it lifts the concern for the remaining sea dives. notice branson isn't the pilot on the dive.
 
2011-04-09 06:37:29 PM

This is unbelievably cool. A real leap forward in subsea technology. With this, The landing of Spaceship Two at San Fran airport yesterday and SpaceX's announcement of their heavy lifter rocket, it seems we stand at the dawn of a new golden age of exploration. Not just of space but now of the other great frontier which remains largely unexplored, the ocean depths.

With lower costs and a quicker return on investment than space, the industrializaton and even colonization of the sea is likely to happen long before there are civilians on the moon or Mars, although the mineral wealth, experience at designing/living in pressurized habitats, expansion of food production and economic growth it will bring all offer ancillary support to the efforts to expand our species to other worlds.

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2011-04-09 07:24:34 PM
Can it also FLY?

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/holy sh*t
 
2011-04-09 08:18:53 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Devoid: Franco: ThisNameSux: No farking way am I going to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in some rich guys toy.

Yeah the last time they tried that in bathysphere that was built like a brick shiathouse in 1960. That was when science was SCIENCE! And the the bathyscaphe as they called it was sphere of enforced steel and inches thick quartz glass. And it partially failed. No one has been back since because it's almost certain suicide. No way in hell that lego toy going to survive those kind of crushing depths.

I know, right? If only science had progressed in the past 50 years....

Except for transistors, very little actually. Please point me to a specific example of *science* that was unkown 50 years ago. Giant Magnetoresistance? OK. How does that help against massive pressure?

Are we using a new and different table of elements? Is the 747 that first flew in 1969 noticeably different today? Well, is it?

What's changed? Almost nothing.



Materials Science (new window) would like to have a word with you.

//Protip: Closing your eyes, putting your hands over your ears, and yelling "NA NA NA I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" doesn't mean progress stops.
 
2011-04-09 08:45:56 PM

skink: I know, right? I bet he designs and engineers it himself, like that total FAIL space ship, too!SpaceshipOne's Third Powered Flight


no, but he sponsors people who do

The sub design has been around since the late 90's
 
2011-04-09 09:33:24 PM

SquishyLizard: //Protip: Closing your eyes, putting your hands over your ears, and yelling "NA NA NA I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" doesn't mean progress stops.


SERVED.
 
2011-04-09 10:08:53 PM
They are going to have to change air mixtures multiple times in there to prevent the pilot from becoming incapacitated with the bends, and I am pretty sure they have to use gasoline for buoyancy control at those depths--- the old bathyscapes had to physically release iron shot weights at depth hot air balloon style to ascend because it was physically impossible to blow out a ballast tank under that much water pressure.
So yeah, put me down as one of those people who would be extremely interested in the design of this thing. I suspect they use magnets.

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2011-04-09 10:41:35 PM
scumbucket: "They are going to have to change air mixtures multiple times in there to prevent the pilot from becoming incapacitated with the bends"

Only if it were an ambient pressure sub, which it isn't. Like nearly all modern subs, it's 1atm. It maintains surface pressure inside at all times.

The bends occur because when the human body is subjected to water pressure greater than 1.6atm (21 feet deep) it begins to cause the nitrogen in the air we breathe to saturate into our tissues. Like the CO2 in soda bottles. That's also why they fizz like mad when opened, because the interior pressure is enough to keep the CO2 saturated, but when you suddenly equalize it with the outside pressure the CO2 expands rapidly and bubbles out. The same thing happens if you surface rapidly while saturated, but in your blood.

Alternate breathing mixtures are used not to prevent saturation (It still occurs) but because the amount of oxygen in the normal air mixture we're used to becomes toxic below about 130 feet. So long as the interior of the sub remains at 1atm there's no need for alternative breathing gases.

/The more you know
 
2011-04-09 11:20:39 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: . Please point me to a specific example of *science* that was unkown 50 years ago


Ummm...most of what we know about genetics (beyond the very basic fundamentals) comes to mind- genomics in particular.

You, of all people, should have noticed the whole "Biotech revolution" thing that happened starting in the '90s.
 
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