The SeaPhantom from Maritime Flight Dynamics INC. is a
speed boat based on NASA's Lifting-Body Airfoil design.
This offers an aerodynamically stable platform for fast
Hydrodynamic lifting surfaces mounted in the hull provide
the SeaPhantom's pilot with passive response to variable
sea conditions, and help to smooth out the impact of the
waves. Design objectives for the SeaPhantom included the
elimination of active aeronautical control surfaces to
simplify the pilot's job. Basically, the craft's built-in
stability systems - including automated computer controlled
gyroscopic feedback- means the SeaPhantom can be operated
by anyone familiar with high performance offshore powerboat
Several computers operate quietly in the background sampling
the SeaPhantom's attitude 400 times per second, automatically
balancing the craft until manual override steering inputs
The SeaPhantom is designed to offer speeds approaching
that of a helicopter but at the running costs associated
with offshore powerboats.
In the SeaPhantoms futuristic cabin a Mclaren F1 style
seating configuration can be found, with 2+2 seating behind.
To provide an outstanding field of vision for the pilot
there are two large side windows as well as the windscreen.
Wide-angle cameras relay video to a cockpit mounted screen
to cover the remaining blind-spots.
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IX-529 Sea Shadow
Innespace Bionic Dolphin
Innespace Sea Breacher
C.A.M.I. Hydra Terra
C.A.M.I. Hydra Spyder