A new submarine could pull off underwater maneuvers similar to aircraft flying stunts during a Lake Tahoe expedition in October. The makers of the DeepFlight Super Falcon hope to raise $45,000 through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to test the boundaries of submarine technology.
The Deepflight Super Falcon submarine aims to push the limits of submersibles during a Lake Tahoe expedition.
The two-seater submersible resembles a sleek missile or aircraft with wings, tail surfaces and ailerons — the brainchild of Graham Hawkes and Hawkes Ocean Technologies based near San Francisco. Such a sleek design allowed the Hawkes team to dream big and set the goal of pulling off a full underwater loop similar to what World War I fighter pilots pulled off during aerial dogfights.
But the expedition to Lake Tahoe — bordering California and Nevada — has more than just underwater stunts in mind. The Hawkes team hopes the Kickstarter project can become the first public, crowd-funded underwater research expedition. That would also represent a first step toward "open-source" underwater exploration, in which the public decides everything from funding to selecting locations.
Anyone wishing to ride as co-pilot aboard the Super Falcon during the Lake Tahoe dives can reserve one of the limited spots by donating either $5,000 (three available spots) or $10,000 (two available spots) on Kickstarter. But even lesser donations such as $100 come with rewards such as an invitation to see the submersibles launch.
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