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The pedal-boat submarine: James Bond-style scuba sub

08-23-2010 14:32 BJT

A team of engineers plan to venture where no man has gone before after unveiling a pedal-boat submarine on the French Riviera.

Nicknamed 'the Scubster', the 3.5 meter-long one-man yellow submarine has echoes of the fancy gadgets from fictional spy James Bond.

The 3.5 meter-long one-man submarine is powered by twin propellers connected to a pedal belt
The 3.5 meter-long one-man submarine is powered by twin propellers 
connected to a pedal belt

Powered by twin propellers connected to a pedal belt, the mini-sub can reach speeds of 8 km an hour (5 mph) if its pilot is in good shape, and can reach depths of 6 meters (20 ft).

The vessel managed an hour under water in the Mediterranean waters off the Cote d'Azur this week and is entirely controlled by hand or pedal. Hermetically sealed, the passenger breathes with a mask and a bottle of oxygen.

Depending on the fitness of the pilot, it can reach reach speeds of 8km an hour 
Depending on the fitness of the pilot, it can reach reach speeds of 8km 
an hour

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