Date: 1/2/2003

On 23 January, Graham Hawkes unveiled years of work when he demonstrated Deep Flight Aviation in San Francisco Bay. Hawkes has spent his life designing and building submersibles for everyone from the British government to researchers and has had a hand in design and construction of 70 percent of the world’s submersibles.

His one-of-a-kind craft is long and sleek, and bright blue. It is made of high-tech materials like Kevlar and carbon fibre.

It all goes according to plan, Hawkes and his investors said, Deep Flight Aviator will revolutionize exploration by making it easier and cheaper for everyone from scientists to filmmakers to plumb the ocean’s depths.

What make Hawkes’ sub unique is how it works. Rather than using ballast to dive and rise like traditional subs – which Hawkes said are to undersea exploration as dirigibles are to flight – Deep Flight Aviator slices through the water like a jet through the sky. Its maximum depth is 457 metres (1,500 ft).

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