Meet Cyclops, a submersible capable of reaching 500 meters in depth
In 2015, OceanGate, Inc. unveiled its next generation submersible Cyclops 1 at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. Cyclops is used on many of the missions OceanGate Foundation supports.
From OceanGate, Inc.: “Cyclops 1 features an enhanced automated control system designed by the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington and OceanGate’s internal engineering team. Using a combination of Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) technology and innovative system architecture the automated control system monitors life support, power management, navigation and other critical system diagnostics. The control system, which is also used on Titan, is revolutionizing how manned submersibles operate by increasing safety through a reduction in user error and time spent on vehicle control therefore increasing time to achieve mission objectives.”
After launch, OceanGate Foundation led “floating-and-sinking” and Cartesian diver explorations for 100+ elementary-aged students, and explained submersible operations via external tours of the sub. We also facilitated a tour of the sub by a smaller group of high school students in a skills program at Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats.