Submarine War: South Florida Start-Up Takes on Millionaires in Race to Bottom of Ocean (Video)

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Last month, New Times took readers up into the air in home-built airplanes (read "Paper Planes"). This week, we're taking you underwater in submarines capable of diving thousands of feet below the ocean's surface.

Our feature profiles Patrick Lahey, president of South Florida company Triton Submarines, as he and his salty crew race billionaire businessman Sir Richard Branson and $600 million Hollywood director James Cameron to the bone-crushing depths of the Mariana Trench.

Video of Triton's mind-boggling subs in action below.

In November, we were the first journalists to get a look at Triton's 3300/3 submarine, which is similar to the spherical hull craft that will make the dive 36,000 feet down in the Pacific to the Mariana Trench. Triton was testing the sub in shallow waters at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Vero Beach.

Here's video from Lahey's second series of test dives in the Bahamas a few weeks later:

Read this week's feature, "Sub War," to learn more about the incredible, hi-tech race to the most unforgiving and unexplored corner of the Earth.

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