OceanGate Submersible Refit Part of 3,000m Deep Project

SeaDiscovery.com
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lula Submersible 5: Photo credit OceanGate

OceanGate Inc., a global provider of manned submersible solutions for commercial, research and military applications, say they have started on a comprehensive refit of the 'Lula 500' submersible to transform the vessel into a fully functional 'Cyclops' prototype with depth capabilities to 500 meters. The renamed Cyclops 500 will function as a test platform for software, technology and equipment to be deployed on the 3,000-meter Cyclops submersible, scheduled for launch in 2016.

OceanGate’s Cyclops program was developed to meet increased demand from government and commercial clients worldwide. The Cyclops 500's new features will 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 aims to revolutionize how manned submersibles operate by reducing time spent on vehicle control and increasing time on mission objectives. This control system will also improve mission safety, reducing opportunity for user error.

Other reengineered technology features include new hydrodynamic components designed to maximize the submersible's in-water speed and maneuverability, and remodeled interior seating and instrument layout to enhance the client experience and increase productivity.

“Military and energy clients continue to look for the next generation of subsea technology to address the challenges of deepwater operations along the outer continental shelf region,” states Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate Inc. “Harsh environments, budget restraints and safety requirements place a lot of pressure on those organizations to ensure that the partners and technology solutions they employ are safe, qualified, and cost-efficient."

He continued: "The Cyclops 500 project presented a unique opportunity to quickly implement our designs and demonstrate our engineering capability and operational safety. Consistently, OceanGate has been able to use COTS technologies from other industries and adapt those to submersible operations. The fact that we are able to use a current asset as a prototype for technology and software tools for use in our future submersible programs shows our continued ability to utilize resources efficiently and yet not lose on innovation and creativity.”

About OceanGate Inc.:

OceanGate Inc., a privately held company founded in 2009, provides manned submersible solutions for commercial, research and military applications. OceanGate solutions are designed to deliver an excellent return on investment in both time and capital resources for five principal markets: commercial enterprises, research and academic institutions, government and defense agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, and film and media content providers.

www.oceangate.com
 

 

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