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Pegasus Thruster

Remember James Bond pootling along with his underwater scooter in Thunderball? A new kid on the diving propulsion block is set to fulfill all your fantasies of making like Bond and cruising effortlessly underwater. The Pegasus Thruster is a high performance underwater propulsion vessel that attaches to a diver’s scuba tanks.

Propelling you along at around 50 metres a minute (for a 77 kilogram man), the Pegasus Thruster was designed by scuba divers for scuba divers. Marissa Wiganowske of the Pegasus team says its applications are diverse: “The Thruster is used and can be used by any type of diver. It is an excellent tool; it just depends on how one chooses to use it. Recreational divers have a blast cruising over wrecks, spearfishing or looking for lobsters, and those that have subpar cardiovascular fitness save their energy and cut their air consumption in half, increasing their personal safety on a dive.” The Pegasus Thruster is also in demand with divers carrying out underwater maintenance or inspections.

The unit is designed to be stored on a tank holder next to the diver’s equipment on their back, leaving their hands free to take photos or collect objects (not that we are encouraging you to pilfer from wrecks or pocket protected shells illegally – Ed.). It can be used to help divers descend and weighs just under six kilograms out of the water. Is your coordination more Powers than Bond?

The unit is simple to use and maneuver. “The Thruster is easy to control, we have designed a seven-degree angle to the way the unit is mounted, allowing you to maintain neutral buoyancy. It does take one or two dives to feel comfortable.

With regards to turning, it is all in the way you steer your shoulders,” says Wiganowske. And it is easy to care for, even if you do not have a Q to maintain your gadgets for you. Wiganowske says that a freshwater rinse after use and the application of a small amount of lube on the pins and switch are all the unit needs to keep running smoothly.

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Pegasus Thruster Makes Inroads Throughout The Pacific Northwest

DiveNewswire - Pegasus Thruster is proud to welcome the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department: Metro Dive Team and Seattle Fire Department as the newest members of the Pegasus Thruster Family.  President Marissa Wiganowske stated that after participating in various test dives, both agencies became aware of how much the “hands-free” Thruster decreased air consumption and increased bottom time, thus allowing divers to sweep a significantly larger target area in half the time.  These Departments are using the Pegasus Thruster Package, which contains the Unit, extra Battery, & custom Pelican Case.  Pegasus Manufacturing Inc. provides an extended one-year warranty to government agencies.

Pegasus Thrusters are made of aircraft grade materials, 6061 T6 hard-anodized aluminum casings that are marine sealed with PA 45 high-impact plastic shrouds and propellers.  With a dry weight of 13 lbs and underwater weight of -5 lbs, the speed varies to 2.5 knots depending on the individual diver and equipment dynamics.  The Unit is rated to 400 feet and each one is pressure tested to 250 feet before leaving the factory.  The Nickel Metal Hydride Battery (NiMH) will last for 35-45 minutes of continuous use, or considerably longer when pulsed on and off through the use of the single button trigger switch.  The Unit operates using a 12-volt high torque DC motor with batteries that are wet pluggable for those looking to change out the power supply underwater.