The Omer 3 submarine was designed to be as close to the goal of the competition. Unlike the previous competitions that we’re held in the ocean, from now on, they will take place in an indoor tank, racing in a linear line. As the condition are now more controlled, the security requirement have lowered. The design and production took place during the period of 1996-1997 and was used during the 1999 competition.
The Omer 3 submarine is in the one-person category. It is the first submarine in which the person is maneuvering the propulsion power as well as the pilot. This improvement permitted a decrease in the required volume of the hull, thus, an increase in the top speed of the submarine.
On a mechanical point of view, the hull was completely altered. The construction materials have changed and is made of layers of carbon fibers and Kevlar fibers with a core of honeycomb panels, for the purpose of taking care of the null buoyancy. In addition to these improvements, the propeller design has been improved as well as the direction system and propulsion system.
Concerning the electricity, Omer 3 uses a Panama software. This software permit the wireless communication between the onboard computer and the control center. This system permit to read the data of the submarine and adjust the variable pitch between the races. The information exchange is made by a modem sending the information to a buoy on the surface of the water.
The fastest speed reached by Omer 3 is 6,977 knots. This speed was recorded at Bethesda, in the Maryland in the United States.
The Omer 3 submarine is now exposed with respect and pride at the Montreal science center.