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theholycow
05-15-2009, 08:01 PM
Neato. Someone has finally taken the design of an airplane, flipped it upside-down, and made it into a submarine that doesn't sink, but instead flies downwards.

http://www.newscientist.com/data/galleries/winged-submarine/slide-1---super-falcon.jpg

http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/winged-submarine
The world’s first production “winged submersible” should prove a boon for research and moviemaking – and for those that can afford it, says Peter Aldhous, thrills too.

Meet the Deep Flight Super Falcon, the world’s first production “winged submersible”, pictured here diving off the British Virgin Islands in January.

Unlike conventional submersibles, which sink because their ballast makes them heavier than water, the Super Falcon is positively buoyant and descends using inverted wings that exert a downwards force when the craft is propelled forwards by its motor, just like a plane uses its wings and engines to generate lift.

You too can buy one for $1.5million. When do you think we'll start hearing about crashes?

Cez★
05-15-2009, 09:21 PM
lol, how deep can you go? whats teh maximum pressure it can withstand?

theholycow
05-16-2009, 01:53 AM
The article doesn't say how deep it can go.

Renegade Pope
05-16-2009, 05:58 AM
Balls deep

Shaggy
05-16-2009, 09:44 AM
Whats so good about having wings in water? Is it just going off looks?

theholycow
05-16-2009, 02:36 PM
It operates differently. It operates more like an airplane, while normal submarines operate more like a blimp.

I'm not sure why that would be advantageous for a submarine, though.

Renegade Pope
05-19-2009, 01:46 AM
Whao, maybe faster?