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Collapsible wet or dry submersible vehicle

A submersible vehicle's hull has an outer wall that is at least partially constructed of a multi-wall fabric having a sealed space between at least two walls thereof. The sealed space is controllably filled with one of air, water, and a combination of air and water in order to control the buoyancy of the hull formed from the multi-wall fabric. Means are provided for propelling and steering the hull in the water. The interior volume of the hull can remain dry or can be filled with water for a wet mode of operation.
Inventors: 

Robert Schoeni, Frank Skerratt, Robert C. Woodall, Jr., Felipe Garcia

Patent Number: 
US6655313
Patent Issue Date: 
January 2, 2004
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