Cyclops Submersible

A fully functional prototype with depth capabilities to 500 meters, OceanGate’s Cyclops functions as a test platform for software, technology and equipment to be deployed on the 3,000-meter Cyclops 2 submersible, expected to debut commercially in 2017.

Cyclops new features include an enhanced automated control system to monitor life support, power management, navigation and other critical system diagnostics. Using a combination of Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) technology and innovative system architecture designed by the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington and OceanGate’s internal engineering group, the automated control system is revolutionizing how manned submersibles operate by reducing time spent on vehicle control and increasing time to achieve mission objectives. This control system also improves mission safety, reducing opportunity for user error.

Other reengineered technology includes:

  • Control spheres to house sensors and controllers outside the pressure hull to reduce the number and size of required hull penetrations
  • New hydrodynamic components designed to maximize the submersible's in-water speed and maneuverability
  • Remodeled interior seating and instrument layout to enhance the client experience and increase productivity

OceanGate’s Cyclops program was developed to meet increased demand from government and commercial clients worldwide as they continue to look for the next generation of subsea technology to address the challenges associated with deepwater operations. Cyclops allows OceanGate to deploy a current asset as a working prototype for developing technology and software for use in future submersible programs, demonstrating the company’s continued ability to efficiently utilize resources and yet not lose the ability to innovate.

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General Specifications

5 persons (1 pilot + 4 crew)

500 meters (1,640 feet)

6.7 meters x 2.8 m x 2.5 m
(22 feet x 9.2 ft x 8.3 ft high)

Crane Weight:
8,437 kg (18,600 lbs)

1,043 kg (2,300 lbs)

2 knots

Four Innerspace 1002 electric thrusters

Life Support:
Standard, 8 hrs (for 5 crew)
Emergency, 96 hrs (for 5 crew)

OceanGate Capabilities

Site Survey and Inspection 

Conduct continuous and extensive site surveys to inspect underwater infrastructure, wrecks or sensitive environmental habitats without resurfacing.

Research and Data Collection 

Collect research data in real-time with first-hand views, onboard collaboration and the flexibility to modify your mission profile while still on site.

Film and Media Production 

The ultimate stage to film the treasures of the deep in a highly adaptive vessel designed to illuminate the depths, capture vibrant images and document natural habitat.

Deep Sea Testing Platform 

A unique underwater testing platform to conduct a wide array of experiments to test equipment or expedite sensitive research in deep ocean environments.