The giant tubes that launch missiles in strategic nuclear submarines

Impressive photo of the giant tubes that house four of the 24 Trident II D5 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) carried by Ohio-class nuclear submarines. 14 of these submarines travel for months underwater, carrying fifty percent of all the active thermonuclear warheads in the US arsenal. » 12/17/14 3:23pm 12/17/14 3:23pm

Robotic Submarine Finds Antarctic Ice Is Thicker than We Thought

The size and thickness of the Antarctic ice sheet acts as a barometer for global health but figuring out exactly how much frozen water is sitting atop the southern pole is difficult. Satellite results are often obscured by layers of snow and ice core boring requires people to brave the extreme cold to collect them.… » 11/25/14 11:51am 11/25/14 11:51am

North Korea's Brand New Ballistic Sub Discontinued by Soviets in 1990

Looks like North Korea's engineers have been hard at work brushing up on their obsolete Soviet-era technology. Because after acquiring 10 discontinued Soviet subs, everyone's favorite little warmongering-dictatorship-that-could has finally rendered the outdated ballistic vessels seaworthy—and it only took them 21… » 11/03/14 11:33am 11/03/14 11:33am

The World's First Powered Submarine Arrived 60 Years Before Its Time

The Axis war effort throughout the first half of the 1940s led to some incredible advances in submarine technology. That includes the anaerobic Walter turbine—a newfangled engine that didn't need oxygen to work. Even more incredible, these discoveries were not entirely new, but in fact more than 60 years old—the… » 9/18/14 11:40am 9/18/14 11:40am

This Giant Russian Ship Is Toting Two Submarines

America's isn't the only military to rely on heavy-lift transport vessels, the unusual class of utility ship that helped ferry the crippled USS Cole home for repairs. Russia has just released a series of photos documenting the slow return trip to the Zvezdochka shipyard for a pair of its Akula II-class submarines, the » 9/09/14 5:30pm 9/09/14 5:30pm

Nowhere Under the Sea Is Safe from Britain's Newest Nuclear Submarine

Russia isn't the only nation launching a nuclear sub hunter after two decades of development. The UK recently rolled the third of seven £1 billion Astute Class nuclear submarines, the HMS Artful, out of its cavernous dry dock for a year of demanding sea trials and a quarter century of service beneath the seas. » 7/04/14 11:30am 7/04/14 11:30am

This Stealth Submarine Periscope Can Spy Virtually Through the Waves

On the modern high seas, raising your submarine's periscope at the wrong time is just as bad as raising a flag with a target on it. But thanks to a new optical suite developed by Israel's Technion Institute of Technology, tomorrow's subs will only ever have to break waves when in port. » 5/15/14 12:00pm 5/15/14 12:00pm

A Year-Long Bath Will Reveal the Secrets of This Confederate Sub

In 1864, three years after the onset of the American Civil War, an ingenious new form of seafaring combat vessel ventured into the dark waters of Charleston Harbor and into the annals of history. Now researchers and historians are finally ready to begin piecing together what happened to the HL Hunley that fateful… » 5/05/14 11:40am 5/05/14 11:40am

The Super-Secret "Research" Sub That Helped Win the Cold War

Quests for scientific knowledge and military superiority often go hand-in-hand. And nowhere is that more exemplified than in the nuclear-powered NR-1 research vessel. When it wasn't busy exploring the wonders of the deep ocean, its crew engaged the Soviet Union in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game of sub-sea… » 11/15/13 11:40am 11/15/13 11:40am

A Self-Driving Mini Cooper Submarine for Commuting on the L.A. River

You're late for a meeting in downtown Los Angeles and you're still all the way over in Burbank—13 miles and 45 stop-and-go minutes away by freeway. Instead, you walk a few blocks to the Los Angeles River, where you board a stylish pod-like watercraft. Soon, you're zipping down the river channel, faster than any… » 11/14/13 1:40pm 11/14/13 1:40pm

You Don't Have to Enlist to Tour a 50-Year-Old Sub on Street View

Google Street View is slowly becoming the window to a world that most of us may never get to see in real life. And if you've already explored every last nook and cranny of CERN's Large Hadron Collider via Street View, you can now head on over to the UK and poke around the retired HMS Ocelot; a 50 year old retired… » 11/04/13 9:20am 11/04/13 9:20am

Don't Worry About This Kayak Flipping: It Transforms Into a Submarine

The long sleek body of a kayak makes it highly efficient at slicing through the water, but for unexperienced paddlers it also makes it easier to flip than a canoe. And that can be a terrifying experience, unless you're on the water in Olivier Feuillette's Subo which transforms from a kayak to a fully sealed submarine… » 10/30/13 1:20pm 10/30/13 1:20pm