Anyone wishing to ride as co-pilot aboard the Super Falcon during the Lake Tahoe dives can reserve one of the limited spots by donating either $5,000 (three available spots) or $10,000 (two available spots) on Kickstarter. But even lesser donations such as $100 come with rewards such as an invitation to see the submersibles launch.
Getting a ride on the wild side of submersibles doesn't come without some limits. People who earn the right to dive with the submarine must weigh less than 220 pounds and have a height shorter than 6 feet 4 inches -- and they must sign the inevitable waiver.
Hawkes previously built the DeepFlight Challenger submarine for adventurer Steven Fossett, which is now owned by billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Oceanic. Branson's company plans to use that single-person submarine in its attempts to reach the deepest points of the world's five oceans.
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