Professor Liu Kaizhou, who developed the autopilot for China’s manned Jiaolong submersible, says his team has designed a vessel that can move through water like a plane moves through the air. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese engineers follow the Sea Dragon with new submersible that can ‘fly’ through water like a plane in the air

  • Developers say their prototype craft could dive to 1,000 metres in five minutes
  • Liu Kaizhou, who also worked the Jiaolong submersible, says ‘We are in uncharted water’
Topic |   China science

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Professor Liu Kaizhou, who developed the autopilot for China’s manned Jiaolong submersible, says his team has designed a vessel that can move through water like a plane moves through the air. Photo: Xinhua
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.