The first dive of the Super Falcon Polaris for the Pentarius Project was completed today – a complete success! An easy, checkout dive in the waters off of Naha, Japan, the capital city of Okinawa Prefecture. Submarine pilot Chris Welsh wrapped up the mission saying, “The sub was great, like learning to fly again. Speedy, sturdy (there was the one lawn dart incident) and ready for bigger missions.
The dive was completed in the East China Sea off of Zamami Island; sub pilots Chris Welsh and Tina Roberts tested the sub for an hour in the Zamami Island Cove, reaching depths of 20 meters and checking all systems before returning to the mothership.
“Being in the sub feels safe, exhilarating and beautiful. Diving together to depths of 90 feet, in the same atmosphere, breathing as if on land. Talking to one another about aqua life we are experiencing at the same time – unimaginable.” summarized Tina afterward. Seeing and filming a sea snake (seen below) was just the beginning of their adventures! The team will be spending the next two days continuing to test Polaris in deeper waters and recording what is found below the surface.
Check out the videos below for the entry to the dive:
Open the gates of the mothership!
Untethering – “All Good”
And they’re off!