AquaStar scooters in Florida have developed a pair of recreational
submersibles which both offer ease of use and relative affordability
when compared with other undersea vessels.
The two-person AquaStar2 AS2 is based on the smaller, single
AS1. Both subs share a similar design, but the AS2 has an
additional seat and an extended helmet.
The AS2 offers scuba diving-like capabilities, but without certification,
no cumbersome attached gear, and no experience required - especially
if you're the passenger.
The AquaStar2 AS2 can dive to around 12 meters (40 ft), and
achieve a top speed of 3.1 mph (5 km/h). The batteries last
around 2 hours, although the air supply will need changing after
1 hour and 10 minutes. If for any reason the electrical system
should fail, a backup system - using the compressed air tank
- can bring the sub to the surface quickly and safely.
The easy to use handlebars offer control over direction, depth,
Because the AquaStar AS2 is an open submersible, the pilot and/or
passenger can leave the sub, swim around freely to investigate
things more closely, and then return to the vehicle for more
AquaStar are marketing their scooters mainly at the tourist
and resort markets. Although they could be just as easily operated
as a personally-owned luxury toy.
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