The "Scubster" is a one-man pedal-powered submarine.
This 3.5 meter-long single passenger submarine, designed by a team of French engineers led by Stéphane Rousson and Minh-Lôc Truong, has tested waters across the globe. French-born Stéphane Rousson is no stranger to unique pedal-powered vehicles. In 2008, he tried to fly across the English Channel pedaling a blimp.
"I've been up in the air by pedaling, underwater with my bike and now underwater with a submarine," Rousson told Reuters.
Reaching speeds of up to 5 mph and depths of 20 feet, the carbon fiber Scubster is powered by twin propellers connected to a customized gear mechanism and belt drive from a Strida bike. Hermetically sealed, the passenger breathes with a mask and a bottle of oxygen. Controls inside the pilot compartment help steer the Scubster up, down, left and right, or propel it in forward and reverse.
Rousson, in full wet suit, has powered the Scubster for test runs but the long-term goal for the project is to enter the 2011 International Submarine Race scheduled for June 27 to July 1 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Carderock Division in Bethesda, MD. This will mark the first time a French team has entered the competition.