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UD Students to Dive with Cyclops 1 Sub

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Cyclops 1 is ready to dive (Photo: WBOC) Cyclops 1 is ready to dive (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. - The University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment is hosting a manned submersible to be used for deep sea research.

Cyclops 1, created by OceanGate, can go almost 550 yards under the sea.

Students will assist in research projects, including shark and marine studies.

"We feel that this is going to give us an edge with instruction as well as research that our faculty is doing and students are going to get hands0on experience with different aspects of observations," Mohsen Badiey, acting dean of CEOE said.

Stockton Rush is the CEO and founder of OceanGate. He previously brought Cyclops 1 on a dive in the Gulf of Mexico.

"It's increasing ocean awareness and making sure people appreciate how much the ocean matters and also how little we know about it and the need for more research, both basic and applied research, into fisheries, as well as biological systems, chemical systems," he elaborated. "The ocean is the future of the planet and we don't understand it."

He said Cyclops 1 offers a different approach to manned subs; it can fit five people, it's cost effect to deliver and it's even driven by a PlayStation game controller.

Another cool aspect is that there's just one like it, and it's in Delaware. A fact exciting to Danielle Haulsee, a student working toward her PhD in oceanography.

"I'm definitely looking forward to the opportunity to get to go down," she said. "I've done a lot of stuff on the surface of the water in this area and it would be really great to get underneath of it and see what everything looks like down underneath the murky water."

In October, Cyclops 1 will be making dives in the Delaware Bay.

The sub will be on display to the public at UD's Coast Day on Oct. 4.


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