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Introduction


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Sleeping Beauty


IT ALL STARTED WHEN…

During World War II, Major Hugh Reeves, one of the real world inspirations for the character Q from the 007 novels, was one of the inventors working for Station IX, one of the British armed forces R&D groups.

Reeves is credited as the inventor of the Welrod silenced pistol, the first night vision goggles, and the Welbum, an aptly named motor for military divers meant to be mounted to the diver's lower back.

Last, but by no means least, he also designed the Motorized Submersible Canoe, nicknamed “Sleeping Beauty” due to an anecdote where he was found sleeping in it.

One of Reeves' more underrated inventions, the Sleeping Beauty was a one-man craft designed for infiltration operations.

Smaller, lighter, faster, easier to build and operate, more versatile, and overall more effective than its contemporaries Chariot and Welman, it would have been a great addition to the British navy's arsenal, if it weren't for the fact that its innovative design made it harder to control properly.

Sleeping Beauty


IT ALL STARTED WHEN…

During World War II, Major Hugh Reeves, one of the real world inspirations for the character Q from the 007 novels, was one of the inventors working for Station IX, one of the British armed forces R&D groups.

Reeves is credited as the inventor of the Welrod silenced pistol, the first night vision goggles, and the Welbum, an aptly named motor for military divers meant to be mounted to the diver's lower back.

Last, but by no means least, he also designed the Motorized Submersible Canoe, nicknamed “Sleeping Beauty” due to an anecdote where he was found sleeping in it.

One of Reeves' more underrated inventions, the Sleeping Beauty was a one-man craft designed for infiltration operations.

Smaller, lighter, faster, easier to build and operate, more versatile, and overall more effective than its contemporaries Chariot and Welman, it would have been a great addition to the British navy's arsenal, if it weren't for the fact that its innovative design made it harder to control properly.

 
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Inspired by the basic concept of the Sleeping Beauty, Ortega Submersibles produces Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDV). The vehicles are developed with the goal of transporting divers in a quick and comfortable manner. 

Due to the extended range the vehicles can be dropped at a safe distance from the mission target. In combination with large cargo capacity and more mission specific load, new kinds of missions are possible.  

Ortega Submersibles are non atmospheric SDV's. The weight of the hull and all its component is compensated by built in floats which make the SDV neutrally buoyant. 

A closed loop trimming system can adjust buoyancy to positive or negative, giving the option of flexible cargo weight on infiltration and extraction missions. Also it gives the option to park and leave the SDV on the sea-floor.   

Propulsion is achieved with two electric rim-drive thrusters. Steering is done by two rudders and two front fins. Two additional thrusters, mounted vertically and horizontally in the bow help steering in tight spaces and make docking easier.

Due to the open superstructure, safely leaving the SDV is always possible. Onboard air tanks allow divers to switch from gas to rebreather.

The SDV can be outfitted with various navigation systems. 

 The Mk. 1C's motors are designed to shrug off debris and entangling objects without losing speed. 

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Mk. 1C

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Mk. 1D