The star attraction at the Swiss National Exhibition at Lausanne on Lake Geneva will be Jacques Piccard's mesoscaphe "Auguste Piccard".
LV Submarine zoom to SV
LV People emerge from submarine
TV Piccard standing in front of submarine
SV Piccard talks to M.Despland (Director of exhibition)
GV Pan from... Exhibition building to submarine
SV Submarine leaves dockside
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Background: The star attraction at the Swiss National Exhibition at Lausanne on Lake Geneva will be Jacques Piccard's mesoscaphe "Auguste Piccard". Yesterday (Tuesday) the mesoscaphe - the world's first tourist submarine - named after Piccard's father, the distinguished Swiss pioneer of deep sea and atmospheric exploration, made its maiden dive in the waters of the lake off Lausanne.
In all four dives were made in fairly shallow water to test the crafts balance and stability. The submarine is entirely electrically driven and when submerged will have a speed of five knots. The hull is 1 1/2 inches (3.7 cms) thick, and its vertical 'crushing depth' is about 4,000 feet. The maximum depth of Lake Geneva is about 1,000 feet. The "Auguste Piccard" has been entirely designed and built in Switzerland.