Deep exploration submersibles

We designed two extraordinary submersibles that are the first of their kind. They combine lessons from complex scientific vehicles working today with practical needs to understand our oceans and learn how we can improve our future.

To make our technology available, we need to raise funds to build these submersibles. Learn more about our plans and follow our progress.

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What’s different about our subs?

Our designs make it possible to build portable submersibles that don’t require a dedicated mothership but also provide greater tools than on other subs today. This means accessibility to our tools for the scientists in the field who otherwise wouldn’t be able to conduct their research.

Who can use our subs?

Our subs will be able to be used for a much wider audience than the costly private vessels now available. They will be able to 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 traveling to a realm where very few have gone before. Truly, deep sea tourism.

We can collaborate with those who have access to research and ecotourism vessels. Our submersibles are especially useful to university research groups who can collect data that answers important questions. Anyone in need of these submarines for these scientific goals will have access and support on an expedition basis.

If you are in need of our submarines for your research, we want to hear from you and invite you to become a friend and collaborator. Be among the first to discover the depths of science with Deep HOPE.

Everyone will be able to learn from the data gathered by our subs as we’re not just building subs. We’re also building a scientific network that will share data between groups so the work will be available for all to benefit.

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When will the subs be available?

We’re raising funds to afford the construction of our designs. It’s no secret that submersibles are expensive. While it takes every contribution to make this happen, our submersibles have been designed to not only reach depths with great tools, but also to be the most affordable to produce. When we reach our goal of $2 million, we can build our subs and provide access that is currently limited to private companies.

The vehicles being used today are mainly operated by the oil and gas industry or advanced ocean institutes. Even the most highly qualified oceanographers and scientists have to pitch to use them, and if successful, their hard-fought access typically comes with a two to five-year wait. We want greater access to knowledge about our ocean depths and we want you to have that too.

How deep is deep?


Recreational Diving Depths


Our Subs

Access to depths greater than 500 meters is only possible with a handful of research submersibles and ROVs (remotely operated vehicles). The Deep HOPE project aims to change that by building two 3-person submersibles which will allow exploration to depths of 1,000 meters.

Our designs

We developed two HOPE 1000 submersibles. These are truly state-of-the-art in many respects. Their unique designs allow features on our submersibles that are not found on any other deep ocean exploration vehicles available today.

1 In-water personnel changes for efficient missions

2 Variable lighting system can be adapted for each mission environment

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

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

5 Sea Mantis manipulator arms have 360 degree wrist rotation

6 Adjustable ballast creates a swift, smooth descent and ascent

7 Powerful thrusters maintain stability in strong currents

8 Life support systems can sustain three people for 96 hours

9 Advanced lithium polymer battery systems are lightweight and energy efficient

10 Sample basket retracts, keeping collections secure

Hope submersibles technical specifications

Depth rated to 1,000 m / 3,280 ft

Dual ABS class for both passenger and scientific applications

Maximum 9 tons / 20,000 lb

Seven 5-horsepower thrusters

3 horizontal

2 lateral

2 vertical

Depth rated to 1,000 m / 3,280 ft

Dual ABS class for both passenger and scientific applications

Maximum 9 tons / 20,000 lb