Octopus Inspired Submarine Is Fastest Underwater Vehicle Ever

By Francis Yupangco 7 years agoNo Comments

scientists-develop-superfast-3d-printed-octopus-submarine-1A group of scientists from the University of Southampton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology have developed a submarine that could help define new levels of underwater exploration. The submarine would be the fastest underwater vehicle ever developed. The super fast sub will be able to accelerate  from 0 to 60 miles per hour in one second.

Balloon Rocket

Underwater rocket using a 3D printed skeleton and an elastic membrane.

The submarine’s propulsion system is inspired by the biology of the Octopus.  The vehicle will be built like a deformable octopus-like robot with a 3D printed skeleton with no moving parts and no energy storage device other than a thin elastic outer hull. The sub’s unique design allows it to inflate and deflate through water moving from the base much like an octopus’ siphon. Unlike conventional submarines powered by large engines and propellers, this sub has very few moving moving parts. By using this method of propulsion, the vehicle will be able to maneuver around obstacles like coral reefs with ease. MORE


 Francis Yupangco

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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