World’s First “Super Sub” to Revolutionize Travel



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  1. Israel "Chief" Oren says:

    Spectacular to the first whale.

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  2. Annette P says:

    May God be with you……

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  3. Robert Witham says:

    Sounds too far out, pity any creature near. How far each side would the shock wave kill? What if it hit a whale? Think I’ll take the slow boat to China.

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    rick173 Reply:

    Yeah Robert, save a couple seats for me and wife. These kids don’t savvy the journey being as cool as the destination.

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  4. A H says:

    I am very intrigued by the idea, as a soon-to-be marine engineering student. But the marine biologist side of me is more eager to see how they would make this safe for the eco systems of the ocean that already so delicate and in danger. It will certainly be interesting to see how this progresses and how they are able to make it safe for the environment it would be in.

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  5. mrmyth says:

    I wouldn’t get on it if they ever complete the project. At cruise speed, let’s say 2800 mph…if that bubble failed, game over. Not sure what liquid they are going to use but there is one on the market that when applied to an object greatly reduces drag thru water…it basically repels it.

    Also, what would that water displacement do on the surface…many mini tsunamis?

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  6. Bob Mears says:

    If you suddenly lost you bubble, it would the equivalent of hitting a solid wall at those speeds. You would become a greater mystery than the missing airliner.

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  7. insek_kupal says:

    those chinese would rather use this to make super fast torpedoes to sink ships in Hawaii and US west coast long distance

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    jim Reply:

    Insek you are right on, there is no defense against such a weapon!

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  8. pbb says:

    What will be the Chinese Military Capabilities?

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  9. Ken L says:

    Sounds like science fiction. Is there more information?

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  10. Hans H Denk says:

    Super-Overkill
    MOVING people is useless. IT and ultramodern communications can do much better & cheaper bringing
    groups together.

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    Wendy Reply:

    Some things still have to get done in person. Especially when “IT and ultramodern communications” go south and only a handful of techs in the world have the know-how to make a house call.

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  11. John Dille says:

    THE FIRST THING I THOUGHT OF WHEN I SAW THE HEADLINE FOR THIS STORY WAS…. CAVITATION!!! This is a SERIOUS problem in turbines and ship propellors… because it can literally shake these components, and anything they are attached to… to pieces!!! IF A PROELLOR OR TURBINE TURNS TO FAST, IT REDUCES THE PRESSURE BEHIND IT, WHICH CAUSES WATER TO VAPORIZE, WHICH GENERATES BUBBLES THAT HAMMER THE PROPELLOR OR TURBINE! maintaining a constant bubble simply does not sound feasible… and as someone commented above… IF THAT PROTECTIVE BUBBLE FAILED, IT WOULD BE LIKE HITTING A CONCRETE WALL… especially if you are going many hundreds or thousands of miles an hour! SOUNDS LIKE AN INTERESTING TECHNOLOGY… but only for shooting torpedoes and that sort of thing at high speeds! I DO NOT THINK I WOULD EVER WANT TO BE A PERSON RIDING INSIDE OF SUCH A TECHNOLOGY!!!

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    Bob M Reply:

    You NAILED it Jhn. This whole concept looks “good on paper” but in reality it’s a mere pipe dream. All that “noise” from this system would make for an easy target. Besides if you think you cannot sink a sub with a torpedo there’s always a nuke tipped one such as that deployed by an ASROC.

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  12. Kim Gibson says:

    I could order Chinese take-out…. from China.

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    Fred Reply:

    Kim, a good idea — except you wouldn’t want real Chinese, I suspect what you confuse for “Chinese”, is Chinese-American food. Food from China will only get you heavy metal poisoning.

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  13. RDB says:

    Yea, I’m working on a lazer project which transports people like the one on Star Trek. You can even take your puppy!

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  14. Roland Steffen says:

    Please study my website http://www.supercavitation.net.
    E.Steffen

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  15. Mercury Max says:

    I like the vacuum tube idea at 4000 mph

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  16. Paulo says:

    Too many variables in the equation is a recipe for disaster when it comes to a means of transportation. Propellers to start, the need for constant spray of a liquid membrane, travelling within a bubble with close to none steering abilities at 3.600 mph and a rocket engine?! Too many things could fail. Simplicity is key and I find the hyperloop idea much more feasible and interesting than this.

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  17. Rick says:

    Insek_kupal is the only one here that sees the reality of this technology being developed by the Chinese and probably us too. To be the greatest super power means you have to have the biggest stick. (Or the most advanced weaponry)
    War and destruction is the legacy and nature of the human race. War and destruction has been and will always be until we either get tired of it and seek peaceful means to co-exist or we will inevitably destroy ourselves and the only planet we ALL live on! We are not to far from being just that, the third rock from the sun!

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  18. A.R.Johnson says:

    ….Sounds like something that the military could use to deliver something …Slow boat to China for me!

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  19. Graham says:

    Closer and closer. Stephen Hawkins comment?

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  20. Joey says:

    It’s all imagination, give the idea to America that have plenty of bright guys.

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  21. Wendy says:

    How do you “see” a whale or shark in time to steer around it? What does a supersonic sub use to find its way around when everything below a couple hundred feet (biology and technology) uses SONAR?

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  22. dave says:

    If I am gullible enough to fall for any idea of supersonic submarine travel than I would fall for nearly anything !!! IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!!! There will never come a time when the Atlantic can be traveled in a half hour by sub !! Never !!@

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  23. Tony Baron says:

    they also have to figure a way to push an ‘air bubble’ through the water…with the sub inside the air bubble both going at super sonic speed….and like the man said, gotta steer it , both the bubble and the sub and the sub can’t touch the air bubble…I like the guys comment about taking the ‘ Slow Boat to China ‘ the research money can be better spent….like education, food, health, etc.

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  24. Tom Blasingame says:

    Just a few dumb questions: 1.) Where does the air you propose to use for the bubble come from? 2.)
    what volume of air is required per minute or hour
    of operation? 3. What are you proposing to use
    to provide the compressed air for the system?
    4.) what type and size of compressor is required?
    5. What are the logistics to provide the liquid
    membrane at sea or in remote locations? 6.)
    What is the rate of application for this liquid
    membrane? 7. ) What are the environmental
    aspects of this liquid membrane? 8.) What are
    the estimated costs of the air supply, the
    liquid membrane, and the rocket fuel? 9.)
    Is the rocket engine fueled by gaseous, liquid
    or solid fuel? 10.) What are the logistics
    requirement for the rocket fuel? 11. What
    is the expected range of the rocket engine(s)
    before refueling is required? 12.) What is the
    availability of the rocket fuel for such a system?
    13. )What are the operational requirements
    for refueling this vessel? 14.) What fail-safe
    programs will be provided for these systems?

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  25. algoa says:

    The whole concept, never mind the article, says more about American gullibility than it says about Chinese engineering.

    There is huge pressure on Chinese academia to publish so they create various strategies such as plagiarism, doctored false data and extreme exaggeration where they talk about unverifiable results to generate papers.

    Rare is the genuine valid paper.

    And before you go off shouting ‘wasist’, ‘wasist’, be aware that I am an editor of a biological academic journal. I report from fact.

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