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Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has a rather curious new addition built in to his latest oversized yacht. The 557-foot boat Eclipse, the price tag of which has almost doubled since original plans were drawn to almost $1.2 billion, set sail this week with a slew of show-off features, from two helipads, two swimming pools and six-foot movie screens in all guest cabins, to a mini-submarine and missile-proof windows to combat piracy.
Hawkes says it took him and his team about 15 years to master underwater flying. The Deep Flight Super Falcon unveiled by Ocean Hawkes Technologies last year, became the first production submarine of this caliber. This machine could take passengers over a 1,000 feet below sea level allowing them to explore marine life rarely seen by the world. As this type of technology evolved, Hawkes noticed an increased interest from billonaires and wealthy clients.
The Eclipse is stunning, a real eyeful. It’s just too big to be real. But it is. The sleek, white mega-yacht is the world’s largest and most expensive private yacht at 557 feet, or more than 1 ½ football fields. It cost an estimated $1.2 billion and is the world’s ultimate ultra-yacht. Where’s Robin Leach when you need him? The yacht is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. He owns the Chelsea FC soccer team in England and earned his fortune in Russian oil and commodities. The 44-year-old Abramovich is generally listed as the 50th richest person in the world. The ship’s features include two helicopter landing pads, a hangar for two helicopters, a 50-foot launch, a German missile-defense system, underwater motion-and-heat sensors and — if rumors are true — anti-paparazzi lasers to protect Abramovich’s privacy. No one seems to know whether such an anti-paparazzi shield really exists. According to English media, the Eclipse is equipped with lasers that sweep surroundings, and when they detect a digital camera they shine a bright light at the camera to prevent photographs. The bridge and Abramovich’s master suite are fitted with bulletproof glass and both are armor-plated. There are intruder-detection systems aboard. Its 12-seat anti-piracy submarine would be launched through a hatch in the ship’s hull and it could dive to about 160 feet. Exactly what features the Eclipse may contain are difficult to say. The ship was built under great secrecy and many details have been widely reported but not confirmed.
I like that mate, "rather be dead than try living on a dead planet" that now going to be my attitude..
Originally posted by OUNjahhryn
meh, i'll go stand outside with a cigarette and no pants on. nothing is permanent. death is beautiful. Rather be dead than try to live on a dead planet anyways...