With a range of up to six hours—provided by lithium battery electric propulsion—this craft, weighing 4,000 pounds; 16 feet 5 inches long, 6 feet 3 inches wide and just 3 feet 7 inches tall is very easy to store in the garages of large vessels. On its performance, it can reach a cruising speed of four knots (7.4 km / h) and allows a dive up to 400 feet (122 m) deep.
Its exterior and interior design have been were carefully developed to be quickly inserted into the superyacht market, a niche in which the company already has celebrity clients such as Richard Branson, Tom Perkins, and Dietrich Mateschitz, among others. Additionally, the model is equipped with exterior fixings to incorporate peripheral accessories such as high-definition cameras, high reach lights or ultrasound microphones to detect the sounds emitted by whales for easy location of these enormous marine mammals.
The new DeepFlight Dragon aims to revolutionize the market offering user-friendly, comfortable, and efficient private submarines. For a price of approximately US $1.5 million, superyacht owners will have access to unparalleled immersive experiences and explore places where no human has gone before without need for professional training and the assurance that in the case of emergency, the submarine will naturally float back to the surface.
It is an excellent idea that is already proving to be very attractive in a very particular market niche. ■