A full-state engineering mockup of the Navy's Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle, or DSRV, has just been complete at Lockheed Missiles & Space Co.
A full-state engineering mockup of the Navy's Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle, or DSRV, has just been complete at Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. As you can see in these films, the rescue sub will look more like a torpedo than even the sleek Polaris subs.
Work will soon start on the actual DSRV, and Lockheed engineers will use the mockup to aid them in the design and placement of gear in the real rescue sub. The DSRV is fifty feet long and eight feet in diameter. Three round pressure hulls will carry the men...twelve each in the middle and aft spheres, and a three man crew with controls in the forward sphere. The outer hull will flood freely, and the inner hulls will protect the men. The DSRV, propelled by one large propeller, at the stern, will be able to operate at depths of thirty-five hundred feet. Besides the main propeller, vertical and horizontal thrusters will move the sub bodily up and down or to either side. Two of these thrusters are located in the sub's nose, one vertical, one horizontal and two others are located in the stern, just in front of the main propeller. The circular foil around the propeller is moveable and acts as a rudder. Along with the thrusters, it will make the DSRV very maneuverable so that the mating bell can be placed over a submarine's hatch to rescue or to transfer personnel. Lockheed will deliver the first prototype DSRV to the Navy in 1968.