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An Alien-Hunting Submarine Is Being Tested in Antarctica

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An Alien-Hunting Submarine Is Being Tested in Antarctica

When president Trump released his budget proposal earlier this year, space enthusiasts were dismayed to learn that it didn't include funding for NASA's mission to place a lander on Europa. Although it is just one of Jupiter's 67 moons, Europa is unique in that it is thought to have an ocean of liquid water under the icy, red-veined crust that covers its surface, which makes it the best candidate in the solar system for hosting alien life. All hope is not lost for the subsurface exploration of Europa. Just last week, a French researcher suggested that NASA and the European...

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NASA Working On Deep Space Submarine

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NASA Working On Deep Space Submarine

Submarines aren’t the type of vehicle typically associated with NASA, yet a new presentation given by NASA engineers details the space agency’s new plan to build a deep space submarine to explore the oceans of moons in our solar system. At the 2016 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium in Raleigh, NC, NASA cryogenics engineer Jason Hartwig announced that a plan to build a submarine destined for Saturn’s moon Titan is in the works. The submarine is designed with Titan’s Kraken Mare sea in mind. The Kraken Mare is the largest body of liquid on Titan, and is estimated to be...

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Explore the Ocean Deep in a Personal Submarine

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Explore the Ocean Deep in a Personal Submarine

Measuring just under 19.6 feet long by 9.8 feet wide, the 4,000-pound Super Falcon Mark II is comprised mostly of carbon reinforced composite and can whisk a pair of people down to 393 feet below the surface. What's more, it employs a pair of stubby "wings" and a powerful, brushless DC motor to "fly" through the water at speeds up to 6 knots rather than simply sink to the bottom as a research vehicle, like Alvin, would. As with all personal submarines, Deepflight places passenger safety first and foremost. The Super Falcon is positively buoyant so that in the event...

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USS North Dakota is America's Newest Attack Sub

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USS North Dakota is America's Newest Attack Sub

After five years of construction, the newest submarine in the US fleet is ready to set sail. But this Virginia-class sub is not like the others—it's far more deadly and way less expensive to operate. The USS North Dakota, which was officially commissioned on October 25th at Naval Submarine Base New London, is the first of eight Block III Virginia-class subs. That is, this is the third design iteration of the Virginia-class submarine platform. The North Dakota maintains the same dimensions as earlier iterations—it's 377 feet long with a 37 foot beam and 32 foot draft—and like other Virginias, it...

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Futuristic Chinese ‘supersonic’ sub could reach US shores in under two hours

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Futuristic Chinese ‘supersonic’ sub could reach US shores in under two hours

Traveling from Shanghai to San Francisco in under two hours may sound like a fantasy, but China believes it’s figured out how to design an underwater vehicle that can make the idea a reality. More worryingly, though, is the possibility that the technology will be used to develop even more dangerous weaponry. According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the super-fast technology was developed by scientists at the Harbin Institute of Technology, and would allow underwater submarines or torpedoes to exceed the equivalent speed of sound under water – about 3,600 miles per hour. The idea is based on...

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