What is cooler than a state of the art race car? A state of the art race car than can run on the bottom of the ocean, that’s what.
We may not have all the things Back to the Future II promised us technology-wise, but human innovation certainly made up for it in other ways. A company called DeepFlight just came out with a submersible vehicle called the Dragon, and this is what it looks like:
The Dragon is a new-and-improved version of the company’s Super Falcon, a submarine that lets you “fly” underwater. After a successful run at a Monaco yacht show a few years ago, the team decided to come up with a lighter vehicle that almost anyone could take and pilot themselves.
During an electric aircraft conference soon after, DeepFlight founder and chief technology officer Graham Hawkes saw the work being done on air quadcopters and realized he could make a version of it for under the sea. That was the ahamoment that led to the Dragon’s creation.
What makes the Dragon really cool? Let’s start with the way it looks: it’s like a quadcopter and a formula 1 race car decided to get together and make a beautiful baby.
Underneath the hood, the Dragon sub has hovering capability, making it possible for explorers to ride beside sea animals and check out underwater wrecks. It comes with thrusters and an underwater lithium battery pack that can last up to 6 hours.