Cyclops 2 Submersible

In early 2017, OceanGate began construction of Cyclops 2, a 5-person submersible designed to dive to depths of 4000 meters. When completed, Cyclops 2 will be the only privately owned manned submersible in the world that is capable of reaching this depth.

Main components of the Pressure Hull.

In the first phase of construction, the team fabricated the carbon fiber wound cylinder that forms the center section of the pressure vessel. This cylinder is made from about 800 layers of carbon fiber material and is approximately 5” thick. The entire pressure vessel is comprised of two titanium hemispheres, two matching titanium rings, and the 56” diameter, 100” long carbon fiber wound cylinder – the largest such device ever built for use in a manned submersible.

In the latest milestone event, the two titanium rings were permanently bonded to the ends of the carbon fiber wound center cylinder to form the core of the pressure vessel.

Carbon Fiber Hull is wound on a steel mandrel.

Following delivery of the three main components at OceanGate’s engineering and operations facility in Everett, Washington, the team will install the electronics, navigation and life support systems. Most of these systems to be used on Cyclops 2 are currently in use on Cyclops 1, OceanGate’s submersible that can dive to depths of 500 meters. The first in-water validation test dives for Cyclops 2 are planned for Fall 2017 with deep water dives to be conducted in early 2018 in preparation for the Titanic Survey Expedition scheduled to begin in June 2018.

OceanGate’s newest addition to its fleet of manned submersibles is scheduled to debut commercially in 2018. With a depth range of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), Cyclops 2 will usher in a new era of increased access to the deep ocean for commercial exploration and research ventures. Cyclops 2 will allow up to five crew members to dive to the ocean depths for myriad tasks and operations, including site survey and inspection, research and data collection, film and media production, and deep sea testing. Featuring the largest viewport of any deep diving submersible, state-of-the-art building materials, and a lightweight design, Cyclops 2 is designed to be the most advanced and mobile deep-sea manned submersible in the world.

Titanium ring is lowered precisely to the carbon fiber hull prior to permanently bonding the two major components of Cyclops 2.

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 applies the latest 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 satisfies the demand for a practical subsea vessel capable of efficiently accessing these resources.

General Specifications

5 persons (1 pilot + 4 crew)

4000 meters (13,124 feet)

6.7 meters x 2.8 m x 2.5 m
(22 feet x 9.2 ft x 8.3 ft high)

Crane Weight:
8,600 kg (19,000 lbs)

1,000 kg (2,200 lbs)

3 knots

Four Innerspace 1002 electric thrusters

Life Support:
Standard, 8 hrs (for 5 crew)
Emergency, 96 hrs (for 5 crew)

Design Specifications

  • Carbon fiber hull: 12.7 cm (5 in.) thick.
  • Viewport: Largest viewport of any deep diving submersible.
  • Servicing: 1 hour turn around
  • Ascent/descent rate:
    50 meters/min. (164 feet/min.)
  • Integrated launch/recovery system
  • Dome entry/exit

OceanGate Capabilities

Site Survey and Inspection 

Conduct continuous and extensive site surveys to inspect underwater infrastructure, wrecks or sensitive environmental habitats without resurfacing.

Research and Data Collection 

Collect research data in real-time with first-hand views, onboard collaboration and the flexibility to modify your mission profile while still on site.

Film and Media Production 

The ultimate stage to film the treasures of the deep in a highly adaptive vessel designed to illuminate the depths, capture vibrant images and document natural habitat.

Deep Sea Testing Platform 

A unique underwater testing platform to conduct a wide array of experiments to test equipment or expedite sensitive research in deep ocean environments.