LR has classed the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S in accordance with its Rules for the Construction and Classification of Submersibles and Diving Systems, making it the first personal, composite submarine to enter into LR class.
Although not explicitly covered by class rules, LR has applied a goal-based approach using an advanced risk assessment process. Plan appraisal work has been backed up by the use of materials from LR assured sources worldwide. Survey of component parts has been undertaken in the UK and the USA alongside the auditing of fabrication facilities. Subsequent to final assembly both prototype and production hulls have been successfully pressure tested. Final trials and testing of the first of class unit is due to complete in November 2017. Following this, the first two Super Falcon 3S submarines will be shipped to the Maldives for the launch of DeepFlight Adventures.
DeepFlight Adventures partners with luxury resorts to offer resort guests and tourists underwater flight experiences in the Super Falcon 3S submarines. Beginning this winter, trained pilots will take two guests at a time on underwater excursions directly from the hotel properties. DeepFlight has an existing submarine already in constant tourism operation at Laucala Island Resort in Fiji.
DeepFlight has completely re-designed the concept of a personal submarine for underwater adventure and exploration through its innovative use of composite materials, and by applying the dynamics of underwater flight. With their light weight and small footprint, DeepFlight submarines are ideal for tourism and superyacht operations. The submarines are being presented at the Monaco Yacht Show September 27-30 at the Superyacht Tenders and Toys Stand (TT14).
Adam Wright, CEO of DeepFlight said: “We are delighted to be working with Lloyd’s Register to class all DeepFlight submarines. We see our work with LR as a great leap forward in allowing us to innovate submarines to open the oceans for personal exploration.”