Antipodes Deep Submersible


305 Meter Manned Submersible

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Antipodes is a deep sea manned submersible with proven experience and an excellent safety record. She is well equipped and operationally dive-ready, having completed her three year American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Classification Survey in June, 2016 that included a complete disassembly and reconstruction.

With six 5 hp thrusters, Antipodes is highly maneuverable at depth and extremely comfortable for pilot and up to four crew. She features two large clear hemispheric glass domes on both bow and stern, and provides a unique platform for excellent viewing and collaboration in real-time.

Operating as either a stand-alone platform or working in tandem with other technologies (ROV, AUV, Sat-Diver) and equipment, Antipodes can be quickly configured to meet specific client needs and efficiently perform a wide range of underwater tasks including:

  • Visual inspection and observation
  • Data collection and sampling
  • Sonar mapping
  • Film production

This modular approach to hardware configuration and crew composition means Antipodes is ideally suited to projects where requirements and conditions may vary between dives.

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Antipodes on the surface prior to launch.

A unique feature of Antipodes is two 58” diameter domes that allow for unparalled viewing from bow and stern.

Key Benefits

When it comes to efficient deployment in any location, Antipodes offers critical benefits:

  • Rapid mobilization and demobilization due to compact size and weight
  • Can be containerized and shipped anywhere
  • Deploys off of any ship of opportunity
  • Does not require a man-rated crane
  • Can operate in sea state 3
  • Does not need tethering or tethering related equipment
  • Agillity and maneuverability: 4 horizontal and 2 vertical thrusters
  • Speed approx. 2.5 knots
  • Rapid decent/ascent capabilities (up to 50 meters/min)

Key Features and Highlights

Safety and Classification Components:

  • ABS classed to 305 meters
  • Special survey completed in June 2016

Emergency Equipment and Recovery systems:

  • Life support systems for 72 hours (w/5 persons)
  • Monitoring, inspection, oversight, and data collection components
  • Dual 1.47 meter (58”) diameter hemispherical domes
  • Exceptional occupant views for direct observation and real-time monitoring
  • Configuration allows for multiple individuals to be located in both the front and back of the submersible
  • Multiple external mounting points allows for rapid installation of optional equipment that is vendor/equipment agnostic

Technology and Tools:

  • Film, still photography and video imaging capabilities through the dome and external equipment
  • Teledyne BlueView™ sonar equipped
  • Data Collection capabilities, sampling (Conductivity, Temperature, Depth)
  • External lighting (multiple unit/array configurable)

Long Duration Dives:

    Current systems suffiient to allow 5 people to stay down for 15 hours with 72 additional hours of life support. If crew is reduced to 3 persons, then over 3 days with reserves is feasible. Large internal volume with over 4.4 cubic meters of space.