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Seattle submarine builder looks to Boeing for tech help

September 23, 2013 J

Boeing may join forces with a small operator of deep-water submarines to develop and build an 18-foot submersible capable of diving to nearly 10,000 feet underwater.

The Boeing link is that the submarine, to be called Cyclops, will be assembled around a hull of carbon fiber composites, possibly using technologies similar to those used by Boeing and its suppliers to fabricate the hull of the 787 Dreamliner.

Stockton Rush, CEO of Seattle-based OceanGate Inc., said he’s in discussions with Boeing (NYSE: BA) leaders to see if the hull of the first of his new submersibles can be fabricated at Boeing’s research center near Boeing Field. The facility features a 120-foot-long autoclave that would be capable of curing the Cyclops hull.

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