Alvin 2.0

It appears that Lockheed Martin will be building the replacement for the Alvin submersible, which I am now officially calling A2. The price for A2? WHOI awarded the contract for a reasonable $2.8 million. Call me crazy, but submersible technology must have went down in price because this seems low. Besides new submersible smell and fancy rims, A2’s features will include

  • A larger sphere for the 3-person crew
  • Greater visibility for the crew
  • Increased payload capabilities
  • A 6500m verses the 4500m of A1 depth maximum
  • Long-range weapon capabilities

Too bad it will not be ready to help scour the seabed for cannabis.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.


22 Replies to “Alvin 2.0”

  1. Jim, Alvin does and will have lasers! We use them as a size reference in the video. A pair of lasers is fixed above the camera and the width is 10cm apart.

    I hear A2 will have a bumpin sound system. Aww Yeeeeahh!

  2. Lasers are actually standard for submersibles and ROV’s. Most have at least two, but three and four are becoming more common and provide more accurate measurements of organisms.

  3. The Tyrone report keeps confusing “cannabis” and “cocaine,” leading me to think that they have experience with neither.

    The A2 story also mentions that $2.8 mil if for design of the Alvin’s replacement. I’m sure the actual construction will cost more, if Lockheed’s track record means anything…

  4. Lasers? Guys, subs have “inertial dampers”.

    Well, at least for the sub itself, and away from the water-air interface. :-P

  5. Lasers? Guys, subs have “inertial dampers”.

    Well, at least for the sub itself, and away from the water-air interface. :-P

  6. Lasers? Guys, subs have “inertial dampers”.

    Well, at least for the sub itself, and away from the water-air interface. :-P

  7. Lasers? Guys, subs have “inertial dampers”.

    Well, at least for the sub itself, and away from the water-air interface. :-P

  8. Lasers? Guys, subs have “inertial dampers”.

    Well, at least for the sub itself, and away from the water-air interface. :-P

  9. Lasers? Guys, subs have “inertial dampers”.

    Well, at least for the sub itself, and away from the water-air interface. :-P

  10. Well, unlike scientists, engineers actually make good money. Someone’s got to keep their country club memberships renewed!

  11. engineers actually make good money

    No no, it is the company directors that makes the big bucks. See, now they can retool their CAD systems and retrain their engineers because this is a prestige project which will have “the latest”. Big bonuses in store for diverting money into company capital – someone’s got to keep their country club houses rebuilt!

  12. engineers actually make good money

    No no, it is the company directors that makes the big bucks. See, now they can retool their CAD systems and retrain their engineers because this is a prestige project which will have “the latest”. Big bonuses in store for diverting money into company capital – someone’s got to keep their country club houses rebuilt!

  13. engineers actually make good money

    No no, it is the company directors that makes the big bucks. See, now they can retool their CAD systems and retrain their engineers because this is a prestige project which will have “the latest”. Big bonuses in store for diverting money into company capital – someone’s got to keep their country club houses rebuilt!

  14. engineers actually make good money

    No no, it is the company directors that makes the big bucks. See, now they can retool their CAD systems and retrain their engineers because this is a prestige project which will have “the latest”. Big bonuses in store for diverting money into company capital – someone’s got to keep their country club houses rebuilt!

  15. engineers actually make good money

    No no, it is the company directors that makes the big bucks. See, now they can retool their CAD systems and retrain their engineers because this is a prestige project which will have “the latest”. Big bonuses in store for diverting money into company capital – someone’s got to keep their country club houses rebuilt!

  16. engineers actually make good money

    No no, it is the company directors that makes the big bucks. See, now they can retool their CAD systems and retrain their engineers because this is a prestige project which will have “the latest”. Big bonuses in store for diverting money into company capital – someone’s got to keep their country club houses rebuilt!

  17. That’s odd… I wasn’t aware there was a marine variety of cannabis. Is it a hybrid variety or was it grafted onto some kelp?

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