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Floating UFO expected to make sea landing in 2018

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Jet Capsule hopes to start delivering the UFO 2.0 in early 2018
Jet Capsule hopes to start delivering the UFO 2.0 in early 2018
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The new and improved UFO (Unidentified Floating Object) 2.0 
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The new and improved UFO (Unidentified Floating Object) 2.0 
The UFO 2.0 would let you sleep with the fishes – literally
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The UFO 2.0 would let you sleep with the fishes – literally
The design for the UFO 2.0 now calls for three floors, one of which is submerged
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The design for the UFO 2.0 now calls for three floors, one of which is submerged
The UFO 2.0 would be built from carbon fiber and fiberglass
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The UFO 2.0 would be built from carbon fiber and fiberglass
The firm expects to deliver the UFO 2.0 by helicopter
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The firm expects to deliver the UFO 2.0 by helicopter
Jet Capsule sees the UFO 2.0 also being used as a restaurant or gym, as well as a luxury home
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Jet Capsule sees the UFO 2.0 also being used as a restaurant or gym, as well as a luxury home
An envisioned settlement of UFO 2.0 homes
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An envisioned settlement of UFO 2.0 homes
Jet Capsule told us that the UFO 2.0 could conceivably host up to 100 people for a party
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Jet Capsule told us that the UFO 2.0 could conceivably host up to 100 people for a party
The UFO 2.0 would get its electricity primarily from solar panels
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The UFO 2.0 would get its electricity primarily from solar panels
The design of the UF0 2.0 really does look out of this world
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The design of the UF0 2.0 really does look out of this world
Garden furniture and loungers could be set up on the deck of the UF0 2.0
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Garden furniture and loungers could be set up on the deck of the UF0 2.0
Twin jet ski's are integrated into the design of the UF0 2.0
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Twin jet ski's are integrated into the design of the UF0 2.0
The big draw of the UFO 2.0 compared to most houseboats is undoubtedly its underwater bedroom
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The big draw of the UFO 2.0 compared to most houseboats is undoubtedly its underwater bedroom
The UF0 2.0 would be powered by twin engines
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The UF0 2.0 would be powered by twin engines
The UF0 2.0 would have an underwater bathroom too
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The UF0 2.0 would have an underwater bathroom too
Architectural drawings for the UF0 2.0
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Architectural drawings for the UF0 2.0
Architectural drawings for the UF0 2.0
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Architectural drawings for the UF0 2.0
The kitchen in UF0 2.0 would be located on the ground (or is that sea?) floor
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The kitchen in UF0 2.0 would be located on the ground (or is that sea?) floor
The UFO 2.0 would measure 20 m (65 ft) in diameter
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The UFO 2.0 would measure 20 m (65 ft) in diameter
Inside the UFO 2.0
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Inside the UFO 2.0
Jet Capsule hopes to start delivering the UFO 2.0 in early 2018
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Jet Capsule hopes to start delivering the UFO 2.0 in early 2018
The upper deck of the UFO 2.0 would feature the controls and a hot tub
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The upper deck of the UFO 2.0 would feature the controls and a hot tub
Side-on view of theUFO 2.0
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Side-on view of theUFO 2.0

UFO sightings could soon become a lot more common if Italian mini-yacht company Jet Capsule gets its way – Unidentified Floating Objects, that is. Having unveiled its floating off-grid home concept earlier this year, the firm is back with an updated and improved version, and plans to turn to the crowd to get it built.

Like its predecessor, the UFO 2.0 is essentially a flying saucer-shaped houseboat that would be built from carbon fiber and fiberglass, and would allow you to sleep with the fishes, literally, with a bedroom that's submerged.

This version is a little bigger and more refined, though. Where the first model was 12.5 m (41 ft) in diameter, the UFO 2.0 would measure 20 m (65 ft) in diameter.

It also now has three levels. The first floor includes the kitchen and bathroom, while upstairs lies a hot tub, a desk and seating, and the controls to maneuver it. The submerged level would have one large bedroom and bathroom as standard, but different configurations would allow for up to four bedrooms. Impressive glazing would let you check out the local sea life.

The UFO 2.0 would let you sleep with the fishes – literally
The UFO 2.0 would let you sleep with the fishes – literally

Jet Capsule envisions the UFO 2.0 as having twin engines, producing a maximum speed of up to 9 knots ( 16 km/h or 10 mph), which is up from 3.5 knots. The home would get its electricity from a combination of solar panels, wind power, and the firm said that a water turbine could also be used. These energy sources would be connected to a 16 battery array.

Besides luxury homes and hotels, the firm also says UFO 2.0 could be used as a gym or floating restaurant.

Jet Capsule told us that to help move this ambitious idea from the drawing board into the sea, it plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. Possible rewards include a night in the UFO 2.0.

All being well, the firm hopes to start delivering the first models in early 2018. We're awaiting word back on the expected cost, but would guess it's somewhere in the region of the first UFO concept, which was estimated at US$200,000.

Source: Jet Capsule

6 comments
piperTom
It looks so nice in the calm water. What's it like when a storm blows in and there are 10 meter waves?
Dan Parker
piperTom, It probably becomes an unidentifiable, fragmented object.
VincentWolf
Owners may wish they had a way to fly above the waves in bad weather......
Walt Stawicki
easy fix for that. jojin up. make a trimaran configurable deck fitting. . alternately make a hub to dock them in a wider based at sea communal system. go from there and build a clubhouse and put the rest , say 12 or so, around it. no we are talking 100-1150 ft in any dirction with the overingeneered central hull taking all the nasty forces, not the single hulls. And these guys want to crowd source ? why don't they crowd source for ideas and cut a share the money! oh...right...
Tommo
What happens if you end up in a 10 knot current? Your 9 knot speed is going to push you out to sea eventually..
Buellrider
I like the idea but maintenance seems like something that would drive you crazy or broke. It takes a helicopter to bring it to the location. If the underwater window springs a leak, what then? The surface adhesion of the water would make lifting that house out of the water pretty difficult or impossible. What happens when you ram into a coral reef, you've just ruined the beauty of the reef and your investment. Seems like a scam to me, especially if it goes to kickstarter.