U-Boat Worx, a company that makes private submarines, has engineered a new model that is bound to surprise you and make you wonder whether it was built with a Bond villain in mind. The submarine is called UWEP, an acronym for Under Water Entertainment Platform, and measures 115-feet long, 25-feet wide, and 23-feet tall, offering over 1,600-square feet of floor space that can be used for entertainment purposes. News of this model was first reported by Gizmodo on Friday.
In total, it can house 120 passengers, which is quite a lot for a submarine. The ship is powered by a 1.2 megawatt-hour battery that lies beneath the ship's floors.
This battery lasts for 18 hours on a single charge and allows the submarine to hit a top speed of almost 3 MPH underwater and reach depths of about 650 feet. In case of an emergency, it also boasts a backup power system that can be activated to keep critical systems turned on for 96 hours until rescue comes.
The submarine features 14 windows that measure almost 15 feet in diameter each to give its passengers extraordinary views of the sights deep in the water. Now, that's probably our favorite feature of all.
Let there be light
You may be wondering what people can see in the darkness of the sea, especially at night. The ship's makers also thought of that and equipped it with monstrous underwater spotlights that provide enough light to gather a glimpse at the underwater surface.
Last but not least, when the submarine is not submerged, its top doubles as a spacious lounge deck where people can go to take some fresh air or enjoy a nice sea view. Safety railings surround the entire ship making it safe for people to lounge there.
For now, the UWEP is much too expensive for us regular folk, but it could be that some tourism company buys one and offers tours on board it. Till that day comes, we will just have to dream about the submarine.