Scubster Is the Personal Electric Submarine We've Always Wanted
It’s not quite a flying car or a jetpack, but the personal submarine is one of those fantastical personal vehicles that always seem just “a few years away.” Well, the development of a personal electric-powered sub is under way, and they want your help. It is called the Scubster, and it is the creation of eco-minded aviator and sub-mariner Stephane Rousson. In the past, he has created a pedal-powered baloon, and in 2011, a pedal powered sub for an international submarine race at the U.S.-based Naval Surface Warfare Center. Rousson has more peaceful designs for his newest craft. RELATED: Yes, It's Real! The Incredible Driving Boat
According to Gizmag, the new machine is electric powered, and features two ducts—one on either side of the main carbon fiber body. Each duct rotates individually, making the Scubster highly maneuverable. Like the pedal-powered machine, the Scubster pilot must be suited up, with an air tank.
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The craft has a top speed of 8 km/h (4 knots), but the battery packs and electric motors can be swapped out for more powerful ones as the technology progresses. The current battery pack has a claimed range of two hours of parusing the seafloor. Rousson claims he’s aiming to get that range up to five hours by October.
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But to get it to that place, Rousson is going to need help. Those who help fund the project on Kickstarter are being offered seat time in the machine. $165 will get you a 30-minute introduction session, with a maximum depth of 33 feet. If you want to pony up a full $2,200, you will get a “Diving Holiday in Europe.”
All the profits raised from the campaign, which runs until October 6, will go towards getting a production-version of the Scubster ready. Once it is ready, it is said to have a cost of $16,500.