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ABOUT THE SUBMERSIBLES

HOPE 1000 and HOPE 2000 are truly state-of-the-art in many respects. The unique designs allow features on our submersibles that are not found on any other deep ocean exploration vehicles available today.

 

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In-water personnel changes for efficient missions

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Variable lighting system can be adapted for each mission environment

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Fiber optic camera interfaces for 4K, 6K, and 8K cinematography

Three adjustable interior seats fold back to allow direct sea bed viewing

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Sea Mantis manipulator arms have 360 degree wrist rotation

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Adjustable ballast creates a swift, smooth descent and ascent

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Powerful thrusters maintain stability in strong currents

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Life support systems can sustain three people for 96 hours

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Advanced lithium polymer battery systems are lightweight and energy efficient

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Sample basket retracts, keeping collections secure

 

Dr. Sylvia Earle has played an integral role in the development of ocean exploration technologies for decades. She has spent more than 7000 hours underwater on expeditions worldwide during a career in ocean conservation that began in the 1960s. Her goals have never wavered… her passion is the ocean and its protection. For all of our sake.

 

Using her training as a marine scientist and combining it with real-world underwater exploration experience, Dr. Earle has the unique ability to design and create underwater exploration vehicles that are truly in a class by themselves.  The Deep HOPE ocean exploration submersibles, HOPE 1000 and HOPE 2000, are a culmination of her lifelong quest for the perfect way to study, understand and apply the results of such exploration in a manner that benefits all of humanity.

 

In addition to the unique way in which our subs may be transported, boarded and launched, Deep HOPE has also designed a submersible that can be utilized by researchers as well as private citizens either conducting citizen science, or to enjoy the splendors of the deep as an interested visitor travelling to a realm where very few have gone before. Truly, deep sea tourism. This dual classification for both science and tourism is critical to our mission. To make sure we get it absolutely perfect, we have teamed up with Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER).

 

DOER was the first to achieve dual classification for research and tourism on a submersible and understands the importance of operating a classed submersible. Just as ships, aircraft, and helicopters are certified and periodically inspected/maintained, so are classed submersibles.  This ensures safety and reliable operations over the life of the submersible while addressing the practical concerns associated with taking citizen scientists into the field.

 

Trained pilots operate the submersibles.  The primary piloting position is to the rear of the craft leaving the best view for scientists or guests.  Dual manipulators are used for collecting samples or maneuvering cameras. Water communications keep the submersible in direct contact with the surface diving supervisor at all times.  A tracking system monitors the position of the submersible.  A surface tender remains in the diving area as with any other diving operation. By utilizing, training and engaging local people as pilots and technicians, they will be key influencers in driving an understanding and realizing the economic value of the ocean.

 

The HOPE 1000 and HOPE 2000 deep ocean submersibles have in excess of eight hours of battery power plus emergency battery power. This allows for either one long or two shorter exploratory dives in a single day. In addition, the submersibles have 96 hours of life support for three people. While all marine operations are weather reliant, it is entirely plausible to achieve at least 250 dives per year or more. This level of utilization is not typical for research submersibles or even yacht-based submersibles, but is uniquely possible with the submersibles being designed by the Deep HOPE team of professionals.

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