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This submarine can take two people 2,000 metres beneath the surface of the ocean - and its makers aim to go even deeper. Florida-based Triton wants to explore the deepest two per cent of the ocean, although for the moment it's confined to the relative shallows. "We're revamping this model so it will be capable of carrying a pilot and a passenger to depths of 2,200 metres," says Patrick Lahey, the company's president.To achieve this, Triton needs to make the cabin of its 7500/2 model (pictured) thicker to withstand deep-ocean pressure. It's currently made from 235mm-thick acrylic glass known as PMMA. The cabin for the new sub will be 261mm, making it the thickest transparent acrylic barrier ever produced. "It's possible for a person to go to the Black Sea's deepest point inside a transparent pressure boundary," Lahey says.
"Ninety-eight per cent of the ocean lies within 6,000 metres of the surface, so if we can hit 6,000 metres we can explore most of the ocean. But the remaining two per cent is actually quite a big area," he says. Triton has designed a model that could theoretically dive to this depth: "[The cabin] couldn't be made of acrylic because it can't withstand those sorts of pressures - instead, it would be made of glass." WIRED hopes it won't be asked to do the test run.