Aqua Star USA creates a two man underwater scooterApril 29, 2011 by Katie Gatto in Technology / Engineering
(PhysOrg.com) -- Have you ever had a Jacques Cousteau fantasy? A yearning to live your own version of 20,000 leagues under the sea? Or maybe, you just want to see the great barrier reef on something other than the Discovery Channel? Either way, unless you are an experienced swimmer with a solid set of diving skills, your dreams are out of reach. Right?
Aqua Star USA has created a mini submarine like device, that can take you down into the depths without having to have friends at the local naval academy. The device, called the AS-2 Scooter, is basically an underwater scooter. The scooter, which is designed with boaters, diving enthusiasts, turnkey leisure operators and dive operators in mind, is the successor to the AS-1.
The AS-2 Scooter can seat two people at a time, which is an improvement over the previous model. It features an improved helmet which allows the user to have a 99% distortion free view of the ocean. This model is also both lighter and faster than its predecessor, which allows users to go farther in the same span of time, and between the air supply and the battery time is a factor.
The helmets give the user up to 70 minutes of oxygen, taken from scuba tanks. Driving the AS-2 is a lot like driving an on land scooter. The only noticeable difference is the dual engines, which allows for both vertical and horizontal movement at the same time. The AS-2 is able to travel at speeds of up to 3.1mph, with a maximum depth of up to 12 meters. So, maybe you won't be recreating 20,000 leagues under the sea, at least not yet.
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