Triton Submarines, LLC has proudly announced that the bespoke deep submersible designer, Ron Allum, will be joining the design and engineering team, tasked with completing the materials testing, systems integration, as well as pressure testing for the Triton 36000/3 Full Ocean Depth Submersible.
Triton’s President, Patrick Lahey sees this as a big step forward for Triton’s most ambitious project “Ron’s experience with the engineering and technical challenges faced when building a manned submersible designed to carry humans to the deepest and most inhospitable reaches of the ocean is unique in the world. Triton is honored to have him on the team and looks forward to working with him to build the most capable manned submersible in the world.”
The Triton 36,000 full ocean depth submersible passenger cockpit will be approximately seven and half feet in diameter and made entirely of high-pressure glass. Developed by San Diego-based Rayotek Scientific, a world leader in high-pressure glass technology, the cockpit will open and close like a clamshell, forming a complete, transparent sphere.
The Triton 36,000 will be controlled through a system of touchscreen controls and information displays with commands communicated by radio signal or fiber optic systems that transmit light signals through the glass hull. Temperature controls keep the interior comfortable while the design keeps internal pressure stabilized at one atmosphere – the same as being above water. Unlike conventional submersibles, this Triton is configured vertically to eliminate drag while diving and surfacing. As a result, it can reach full ocean depth in two hours and can stay there for up to twelve hours before beginning a two-hour ascent.
When asked what makes this project different from Deepsea Challenger, Mr. Allum responded “Triton’s 3300/3 broke new ground with the largest and thickest acrylic hull ever manufactured for a manned submersible. They are a company that embraces innovation. The Triton 36000/3 Full Ocean Depth’s transparent glass hull represents a totally new approach to manned submersible design. This vehicle could forever change mankind’s relationship with the ocean and I am excited to be a part of making it a reality.”