When Tao's Submarine first appeared in the news is was touted by
many of the engineers and arm chair critics on psubs.org as a "death
trap". Less this be an lesson of how perseverance and
resourcefulness can triumph over high brow arrogance.
Tao Xiangli made the 1.6 tonnes submarine mostly from metal
barrels and improvised parts by hand, reports Zhong'an Online.
"Metal barrels are possibly the best material for me because of
their low cost," said Tao, a migrant worker in Beijing.
The 20ft submarine is cramped inside with room for only one person
but it features pressure metres, monitoring cameras, a TV set,
oxygen supply and headlights.
"Although the equipment is simple, it's enough for a basic
submarine, and more importantly, it enables the passenger to see
things clearly underwater," said Tao.
It took Tao more than a year of research and experiments, but he
says the most difficult challenge he faced was not a lack of
knowledge, but of funds.
"The devices for submarines are all expensive, so because I couldn't
afford them I found a lot of inexpensive replacements," he said.
Tao said the basic submarine cost him $4,600 the equivalent of a
Tao is now in the final phase of debugging the submarine and hopes
it will make its maiden voyage within the next week in Beijing. He
says it can dive to a maximum depth of 10 meters, and should be