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JUL 2018

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10 ST | July 2018 P roviding connectivity for today's advanced manned submersibles is both an art and a science. Engineers can now develop bespoke solutions that deliver high-performance char- acteristics, fit into highly specific dimensions, and conform to the form, fit and function of these vehicles using out-of-the-box approach- es. A recent example of such customiza- tion came when DeepFlight, from Point Richmond, California, was designing a new manned submersible, the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S, a state-of-the-art craft that was introduced to the industry in late 2017 and officially launched at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru in May 2018. The Super Falcon 3S is DeepFlight's first vehicle that can carry up to three occupants (one pilot, two passengers) and was specifi- cally designed for ocean tourism at resorts and other locations. The submersible is 8 by 3.3 by 1.4 m (26.2 by 10.8 by 4.6 ft.) and weighs 3,400 kg (7,500 lb.). Its endurance/ autonomy is up to 8 hr., and the vehicle is rated to 100 m (330 ft.). The sub required the design of new custom, high-density, ABS-cer- tified penetrators and cable assemblies from BIRNS Inc. of Oxnard, California, for a wide range of functions on the vehicle. For years, DeepFlight has been develop- ing and marketing innovative new electric Custom Penetrators, Cable Assemblies Bespoke Components for DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S Personal Sub By Amy Brown (Top) Cable conductors are soldered to in- board and outboard sides of a P25 insert by a J-STD-001 Class 3 and WHMA-A-620-A Class 3 certified technician. (Bottom) A complex junc- tion is removed from its mold after the polyure- thane solidifies.

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