Necker Nymph


The Necker Nymph is a $670,000 submersible prototype that is supposed to move through the water like an airplane moves in the sky. Sir Richard Branson, billionaire owner of Virgin, is financing the development of the Nymph for use on his private island. He intends to rent it to guests for $25,000 a week, in addition to the $88,000 the guest must pay for a 7 night stay on the Necker Belle, a luxury Catamaran at the island. The Submersible, which holds the pilot and 2 passengers, is capable of diving to 130 feet for up to 2 hours. It will be delivered for service on 2/20/2010. Branson has plans to build one capable of diving to 35,000 feet at some point.
http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2010/01/render_of_underwater_plane_for_richard_branson.html
     Posted By: patty - Sat Jan 30, 2010
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neat looking vehicle. reminds me a little of the space shuttle. i'd love to ride in it, but that ain't gonna happen in this lifetime. :down: it's cool though!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/30/10 at 11:22 AM
Visions of "60,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "Sea Quest".
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/30/10 at 12:12 PM
I don't know, I think if they build one that can go down 35,000 feet it should have a fully enclosed canopy. Shallow submarines like this one don't need a roof, you just need to wear scuba gear when you ride in it (the submarine car {no, not the James Bond one} is like this), but I imagine that the tremendous pressures down there would make an open cockpit dangerous. If they do make one with a closed roof, I would ride in it...
Posted by Salamander Sam in Chicago on 01/30/10 at 10:18 PM
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