Cyclops 2 Submersible

In May 2013, OceanGate announced the launch of Project Cyclops, a collaboration with the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab to build a revolutionary new manned submersible. With a depth range of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), Cyclops 2 will usher in a new era of increased access to the deep ocean for commercial exploration and research ventures.

Scheduled to debut commercially in 2018, Cyclops 2 will allow up to five crew members to dive to the ocean depths for myriad tasks and operations, including environmental assessments, site inspection, equipment testing, mapping, data collection and overall subsea operations. Featuring the largest viewport of any deep diving submersible, state-of-the-art building materials, and a lightweight design, Cyclops 2 is designed to be the most advanced and mobile deep-sea manned submersible in the world.

Project Cyclops was born out of OceanGate’s appreciation for the complexity of subsea environments and the need for a diverse set of tools and technology to address operational requirements below 500 meters. Through strategic partnerships, OceanGate applies the latest advances in material science and technology from other industries to meet the challenges faced in exploration. With the majority of the ocean's seabed still unexplored, and as commercial and scientific entities continue to expand initiatives to access potential resources from the ocean seabed, OceanGate recognizes there is an unanswered demand for a practical subsea vessel capable of efficiently accessing these resources. This unique vision led to the conclusion that a new type of manned submersible was needed to enable a giant step in harnessing these subsea opportunities.

General Specifications

5 persons (1 pilot + 4 crew)

4000 meters (13,124 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:
8,600 kg (19,000 lbs)

1,000 kg (2,200 lbs)

3 knots

Four Innerspace 1002 electric thrusters

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

Design Specifications

  • Carbon fiber hull: 12.7 cm (5 in.) thick.
  • Viewport: Largest viewport of any deep diving submersible.
  • Servicing: 1 hour turn around
  • Ascent/descent rate:
    50 meters/min. (164 feet/min.)
  • Integrated launch/recovery system
  • Dome entry/exit

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.