Cyclops 1 has not only served as a reliable 5-person submersible for dozens of research projects, expeditions and training dives, but also as a fully functional prototype since 2015. Throughout the development of Titan, Cyclops 1 functioned as a test platform for software, technology and equipment.
Cyclops 1 features an enhanced automated control system designed by the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington and OceanGate’s internal engineering team. Using a combination of Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) technology and innovative system architecture the automated control system monitors life support, power management, navigation and other critical system diagnostics. The control system, which is also used on Titan, is revolutionizing how manned submersibles operate by increasing safety through a reduction in user error and time spent on vehicle control therefore increasing time to achieve mission objectives.