Series I: The Fathom
Nearly a decade ago, HyperSub founder Reynolds Marion began designing and building the first HyperSub prototype, The Fathom. This concept began as a childhood idea of merging a speedboat and a submarine into one vessel. The time came to turn that dream into a reality and the Hyper-Sub was born.
The Fathom was created with ease of use and manufacturing in mind, so all the components used in this first iteration were off-the-shelf. Reynolds and his team of engineers worked to conceptualize, design, manufacture and test the Hyper-Sub concept.
It was during the design of the Fathom that the concepts of Modular Design and Hyper-Buoyancy were conceived and successfully tested, resulting in the cost-effective, scalable and customizable submersible concept.
By utilizing Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) design for all the working parts, such as engines, outdrives, compressors, valves, hydraulics etc, the Hyper-Sub team was able to incorporate already proven and tested components.
This is a critical concept behind the design of the Hyper-Sub, as this not only created a technologically reliable foundation but it resulted in cost-efficiency as well.
Hyper-Buoyancy and Modular Design
By isolating all the functioning components into the sea-frame, the concept of Hyper-Buoyancy was born and the Hyper-Sub became capable of surface and sub-surface operations.
In addition, this design allows the Dry Chamber to become a swappable component that is interchangeable, upgradeable and customizable. Making the Hyper-Sub capable of meeting the demands and requirements of nearly any operation requiring submersible technology.
The end result was a long-range surface speedboat that could submerge and transform into a deep-sea diving submarine with the flip of just a few switches.
Not only was the Hyper-Sub concept viable, but The Fathom exceeded all expectations for safety, performance and capabilities. The team has executed 21 successful dives, proving the success of the Hyper-Sub concept and enabling the team to move forward with the design concept for the Series II.