Actually the only name I know for it is “Nautilus“. And USV, I just made that up. It’s not headed to Burning Man yet it’s going tot he Makre Fair but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see this cruising around the desert with a bunch of ravers if it had the chance.
Styled after the Nautilus submarine from the novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this one runs on land and is styled on top of an airplane-towing tractor.
The Nautilus project is an artistic experiment and collaboration between Christopher Bently, Sean Orlando and Five Ton Crane. It is a land-based submarine weighing in at 11,000 pounds (dry) with a top speed of 13 mph. The base vehicle is a 2005 Eagle TT8 diesel AWD airport tow tractor, designed to tow 90,000 lbs airplanes. 25′ long, 100″ wide, 11′6″ tall.
Hit the jump for more photos and info on the Nautilus’ systems.
The Nautilus comes fully equipped with:
- Harpoon gun water cannon (13 gallons per minute)
- Hydraulic drive controls
- RFID security system
- GPS navigation
- ipad/ ipod/ iphone interface controls
- LED RGB programmable lighting system
- Specimen lab
- Navigation room
- Night vision periscope
- Poop deck with custom shade canopy
- Air conditioning