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OceanGate's Cyclops 1 submersible at CEOE campus

  • The Cyclops 1 arriving at our campus in Lewes, Delaware
  • OceanGate is a privately held company that provides manned submersible assets and expertise for industry, research and exploration. 

As part of CEOE’s efforts to expand industry collaborations in environmental technology, we have been exploring a partnership with OceanGate, a privately held company that provides manned submersible assets and expertise for commercial, research and military applications.

We are thrilled to announce that during the Fall 2015 semester we will host one of OceanGate's manned submersibles, Cyclops 1, on the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes as a pilot for a potential longer-term agreement and collaboration.

For project and research questions, please contact Mohsen Badiey, Acting Dean, UD CEOE (badiey@udel.edu). Media inquiries should be directed to Karen Roberts (krob@udel.edu).


CEOE students, faculty participate in Delaware Bay research dives aboard Cyclops 1 (Nov. 2015) >>

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Cyclops 1

A fully functional prototype with depth capabilities to 500 meters, OceanGate’s Cyclops 1 functions as a test platform for software, technology and equipment to be deployed on the 3,000-meter Cyclops 2 submersible, scheduled for launch in 2016.

General Specifications

5 persons (1 pilot + 4 crew)

500 meters (1,640 feet)

6.7 meters x 2.8 m x 2.5 m
(22 feet x 9.2 ft x 8.3 ft high)

1,043 kg (2,300 lbs)

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CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA • Phone: 302-831-2841
Geography: 302-831-2294 • Geology: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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