Transparent Hull Submersibles and the Makakai.
Research and development rept.,
NAVAL UNDERSEA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CALIF
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The transparent hull submersible THS, MAKAKAI Hawaiian for Eye of the Sea, can carry two men within its transparent acrylic hull to depths of 183 m. All-around visibility and a very high strength-to-weight ratio are special features of its design. The objectives of the development program, the design constraints, the ordinary technical problems encountered, and the innovations made during the submersibles development are described. Included among the innovations are specialized designs in materials, structures, data processing, propulsion control, and life-support equipment. The uses of the craft and the experience gained during the early at-sea operations are also discussed, and photographs of the undersea operations are included.
- Marine Engineering