In May 2013, OceanGate announced the launch of Project Cyclops, a collaboration with the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab to build a revolutionary new manned submersible. With a depth range of 3000 meters (9840 feet), Cyclops will usher in a new era of increased access to the deep ocean for commercial exploration and research ventures.
Scheduled to debut commercially in 2016, Cyclops will allow up to five crew members -- a pilot and four passengers -- to travel to the oceans’ depths for a myriad of tasks and operations, including environmental assessments, inspection, equipment testing, mapping, data collection and overall subsea operations. Featuring a large 180-degree viewing dome for collaborative observation, state-of-the-art building materials, and a lightweight design, Cyclops is designed to be the most advanced and mobile deep-sea manned submersible in the world.
Project Cyclops was born out of OceanGate’s appreciation for the complexity of subsea environments and the need for a diverse set of tools and technology to address operational requirements below 500 meters. Through strategic partnerships, OceanGate has been able to apply recent advances in material science and technology from other industries to meet the challenges faced in exploration. With the majority of the ocean's seabed still unexplored, and as commercial and scientific entities continue to expand initiatives to access potential resources from the ocean seabed, OceanGate recognizes there is an unanswered demand for a practical subsea vessel capable of frequently accessing these resources. This unique vision led to the conclusion that a new type of manned submersible was needed to enable a giant step in harnessing these subsea opportunities.
Cyclops is a trademark of OceanGate Inc.