The Phoenix Personal Submarine

20,000 leagues under the sea jokes aside, the Phoenix personal submarine is probably the most expensive and almost certainly the coolest hybrid vehicle currently in existence. The incredibly frustrating lack of actual photos of the Phoenix is down to the remarkable secrecy surrounding it. At $78,000,000 USD I guess you’re entitled to keep it on the down-low (submarine-pun totally deliberate), the sub was recently sold on to a middle-eastern oil tycoon, who is no doubt having the time of his life pulling into harbours whilst on the surface and then pretending to sink, well that’s what I would do and I don’t think it would ever get old.

The Phoenix uses diesel marine engines on the surface and then switches to an almost totally silent electric drive mode whilst submerged, depth limit is an impressive 1000ft down and despite me thinking it would be cool, US Submarines did not equip the Phoenix with torpedoes. Boo.

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Official Technical Specifications of the Phoenix 1000 Personal Submarine

Certification
ABS+A1 Manned Submersible
Operating Depth
305 meters
Passengers
varies (470 sq m interior)
Crew
3
Length
65.0 meters (213′)
Beam
8.0 meters (26.3′)
Pressure Hull Diameter
6.7 meters (22′) center
Weight in Air
1500 tons
Dynamic Characteristics
Maximum Surface Speed
18.0 knots
Cruising Surface Speed
16.0 knots
Max. Submerged Speed
10.0 knots
Propulsion
Surface Diesels
2 x 1100 kW
Main Electric Motor/Generators
2 x 370 kW
Vertical Thrusters
2 x 110 kW
Lateral Thrusters
2 x 410 kW
Endurance (Predicted)
Surface Range
3500 nautical miles
Submerged Endurance
6 hours at 10 knots
50 hours at 5 knots
140 hours at 2.5 knots
Battery and Electrical Systems
Main Battery
360 VDC
Communication Battery
24 VDC
Control Battery
24 VDC
Emergency Battery
24 VDC
Total Battery Capacity
3280 KWH
Electric Generator
2 x 370 kW
Ballast and Trim Systems
Main Ballast Capacity
340,000 KG
Variable Ballast
18,000 KG
Trim/Dropweight
9,000 KG trim/135,000 KG drop
Gas Supply
Main Oxygen
30 days, full load
Reserve Oxygen
10 days
Main Air
275 bar, external
Air Compressor
310 bar, 150 kW
Navigation and Communications
Compass Main
Gyro compass
Compass reserve
Fluxgate
Speed Log
Digital
Depth Gauge
400 meter, analog and digital
Active Sonar
Color Imaging
Surface Communications
Marine VHF
Subsurface UWT
10 and 27 KHZ
Additional Instrumentation
Custom Control LCDs
Ballast Indicators
Thruster Control Panel
Hydraulic Panel
F-16 Style Joystick
Hydraulic Pressure
RPM Gauge
Depth Sounder CRT
Rudder Indicator
Video Camera System
Life Support Panel
Video Monitors
Oxygen Gauges
Electrical Panel
Oxygen Analyzer
Volt andAmp Meters
Carbon Dioxide Monitor
IR andCircuit Protection
Alarm Panel
Lighting Panel
Interlock Indicators
Clock
Flammable Gas Monitor
Barometer/Hygrometer
Fire Suppression System
Inclinometers
Ballast Panel
Thermometer
Air Pressure Gauges

Certification
ABS+A1 Manned Submersible
Operating Depth
305 meters
Passengers
varies (470 sq m interior)
Crew
3
Length
65.0 meters (213′)
Beam
8.0 meters (26.3′)
Pressure Hull Diameter
6.7 meters (22′) center
Weight in Air
1500 tons

Dynamic Characteristics
Maximum Surface Speed
18.0 knots
Cruising Surface Speed
16.0 knots
Max. Submerged Speed
10.0 knots

Propulsion
Surface Diesels
2 x 1100 kW
Main Electric Motor/Generators
2 x 370 kW
Vertical Thrusters
2 x 110 kW
Lateral Thrusters
2 x 410 kW

Endurance (Predicted)
Surface Range
3500 nautical miles
Submerged Endurance
6 hours at 10 knots

50 hours at 5 knots

140 hours at 2.5 knots

Battery and Electrical Systems
Main Battery
360 VDC
Communication Battery
24 VDC
Control Battery
24 VDC
Emergency Battery
24 VDC
Total Battery Capacity
3280 KWH
Electric Generator
2 x 370 kW

Ballast and Trim Systems
Main Ballast Capacity
340,000 KG
Variable Ballast
18,000 KG
Trim/Dropweight
9,000 KG trim/135,000 KG drop

Gas Supply
Main Oxygen
30 days, full load
Reserve Oxygen
10 days
Main Air
275 bar, external
Air Compressor
310 bar, 150 kW

Navigation and Communications
Compass Main
Gyro compass
Compass reserve
Fluxgate
Speed Log
Digital
Depth Gauge
400 meter, analog and digital
Active Sonar
Color Imaging
Surface Communications
Marine VHF
Subsurface UWT
10 and 27 KHZ

Additional Instrumentation
Custom Control LCDs
Ballast Indicators
Thruster Control Panel
Hydraulic Panel
F-16 Style Joystick
Hydraulic Pressure
RPM Gauge
Depth Sounder CRT
Rudder Indicator
Video Camera System
Life Support Panel
Video Monitors
Oxygen Gauges
Electrical Panel
Oxygen Analyzer
Volt andAmp Meters
Carbon Dioxide Monitor
IR andCircuit Protection
Alarm Panel
Lighting Panel
Interlock Indicators
Clock
Flammable Gas Monitor
Barometer/Hygrometer
Fire Suppression System
Inclinometers
Ballast Panel
Thermometer
Air Pressure Gauges

Via US Submarines

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