The deep sea, not space, is the latest frontier for achieving new
records of exploration, and Hawkes Ocean Technologies (Hawkes) is
leading the way with its series of winged submersibles that fly through
the water, operating much like underwater aircraft. For its innovative
research vehicles, Hawkes has been named May Inventor of the Month by Autodesk,
Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK).
With their unique ability for underwater flight and unprecedented range,
speed and maneuverability, Hawkes DeepFlight submersibles make it easier
and more cost effective to explore parts of the ocean that were
previously out of reach -- offering the potential to significantly expand
scientific knowledge of the ocean that covers nearly three-fourths of
the Earth's surface. In fact, Hawkes is currently completing DeepFlight
Challenger, the world's deepest submersible that will be used by the
Virgin Oceanic Five Dives project to venture to the bottom of the
world's oceans. Additionally, Hawkes is furthering the development of
its DeepFlight winged submersibles and is working on its fifth
generation DeepFlight vehicle.
Digital Prototyping Enables Team to Develop New Ideas
"It is impossible to overstate the importance that Autodesk
Inventor software has played in our operations," said Graham Hawkes,
founder and chief engineer of Hawkes. "The ability to design in 3D
doesn't just make us more efficient at realizing our ideas -- it enables
us to come up with entirely new ideas in the first place. It has
completely changed the way we do things."
The DeepFlight series of manned craft represent a fundamental advance in
the way submersibles operate, transforming them from "underwater
balloons" that use ballast to rise and sink, to craft that are capable
of underwater flight -- much the same way that the original aviators
made the leap from hot air balloons and blimps to fixed-wing aircraft.
Hawkes relied heavily on Autodesk Digital
Prototyping software to design the DeepFlight Super Falcon, a
fourth-generation winged submersible capable of carrying two passengers
that weighs a fraction of the weight of a conventional two-seat
By taking advantage of Inventor 3D mechanical design software, Hawkes
was able to design the Super Falcon in parallel with another submersible
model with a team of just four engineers. By contrast, one of its first
generation submersibles -- designed without Inventor -- required a team of
more than 10 engineers.
"Digital Prototyping enables Hawkes to make very effective use of its
resources as it dreams up previously unimagined forms of underwater
transportation," said Robert
"Buzz" Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at
Autodesk. "Their innovative submersibles are sure to fire the public
imagination and provide inspiration for a new era of exploration and
About the Autodesk Inventor of the Month Program
Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the users of
Autodesk Inventor software, which takes manufacturers beyond 3D to
Digital Prototyping. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and
groundbreaking innovation. For more information about Autodesk Inventor
of the Month, contact us at IOM@autodesk.com.
About Hawkes Ocean Technologies
Hawkes Ocean Technologies, founded by world-renowned marine engineer
Graham Hawkes, is a privately held company based in the San Francisco
Bay Area that designs and builds state-of-the art manned and remote
vehicles for deep-ocean exploration. For additional information, visit www.deepflight.com.
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