Impossible Engineering S 2 - Virginia Class Submarine

Impossible Engineering

The Virginia Class submarines are the technological titans of the undersea world. The first in class, The Virginia, launched in 2003, set a new benchmark for marine engineering as the most advanced nuclear powered, fast attack submarine ever built for the US Navy. Weighing in at 7800 tonnes, it can dive up to 240 meters, staying submerged for months at a time, and is capable of inching across the shallows with pinpoint accuracy, courtesy of a cutting edge automated navigation system. Built over 10 million man hours, with 12 already fully operational Virginia Class are an engineering success story. But this marine marvel would not exist had it not been for the innovators of the past. We'll see how David Bushnell's 18th century ingenious wooden submersible, became known as the first attack submarine; Discover how late 18th Century Chemist, William Nicholson's ground -breaking discovery of Electrolysis, enabled the extraction of oxygen from water, a method that's allowed man to finally exist comfortably underwater; and investigate the genius of Captain Hyman Rickover, whose team in the 1950s, developed a nuclear reactor fit for a sub, and changed the submarine world forever.
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Nov 25, 2021
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