Submersibles have been available for yachts and private ownership for many years, however none have taken the necessary steps in design, production and usability to perfect the vehicles for private use.
Pt. Richmond, CA (PRWEB) January 03, 2014
Hawkes Ocean Technologies announced today that it has unveiled its newest DeepFlight winged submersible, the Black Hawk, a limited edition, single-seat, high-performance sport submersible capable of flying to the edge of darkness and performing extreme underwater maneuvers. The Company has built previous DeepFlight vehicles for wealthy adventurers, including Sir Richard Branson; venture capitalist, Tom Perkins; and co-founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, and will have three Black Hawks available for order in 2014.
Black Hawk is the sixth generation DeepFlight submersible, and like its predecessors, offers the incomparable experience of pure underwater flight, along with the safety of fixed positive buoyancy. Its wings generate reverse lift to submerge the craft, similar to the upward lift generated by an airplane’s wings. Additionally, unlike all conventional submersibles which get heavy and sink to the bottom, Black Hawk’s positive buoyancy ensures that the vehicle returns to the surface automatically.
The craft utilizes all the advances made for the full ocean depth DeepFlight Challenger vehicle, originally commissioned by the billionaire adventurer, Steve Fossett, and now owned by Virgin Oceanic. At seventeen feet long and weighing in at 2800 pounds, Black Hawk is the smallest and lightest submersible available. Its wings can be folded or removed for easy storage in a yacht’s tender garage or for towing behind an automobile. The vehicle is hand-crafted from advanced composite materials, with a clear acrylic canopy for incomparable viewing, rechargeable batteries, twenty-four hours of life support and built-in surface ballast for easy entry/exit on the surface. Fully electric and built without skids to prevent bottom degradation, Black Hawk is an environmentally friendly craft that opens the oceans for private adventure and exploration
Graham Hawkes, founder and Chairman of Hawkes Ocean Technologies, states, “Black Hawk builds on all the technological advances we have made in introducing underwater flight, and as a solo craft, is considerably more agile and capable of extreme maneuvers. Having personally flown our DeepFlight submersibles on hundreds of missions, I know the ultimate adventure is when the owner is at the controls, flying alongside dolphins, whales and sharks, or perfecting barrel rolls and loop-the-loops.”
President, Adam Wright, adds, “Submersibles have been available for yachts and private ownership for many years, however none have taken the necessary steps in design, production and usability to perfect the vehicles for private use. We designed Black Hawk specifically for the private owner’s market, with safety, comfort, ease of use/storage, and the incomparable experience of flight that our discerning customers demand. Given the tremendous excitement DeepFlight generated at the Monaco Yacht show 2013, we believe Black Hawk, and other iterations of our DeepFlight submersibles, will open a sizable market for private ownership of underwater vehicles.”
Hawkes Ocean Technologies was founded in 1996 by renowned ocean engineer, Graham Hawkes, to innovate underwater technologies to expand human access to the oceans. The Company’s flagship technology is the DeepFlight winged submersible, a fundamentally new type of manned underwater vehicle that is a combination of submersible and high-performance aircraft. The Company is globally recognized for its innovative underwater vehicles designed, built and operated for the private owner and recreational markets. Hawkes Ocean Technologies is based in the San Francisco Bay area. http://www.deepflight.com