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I'm not actually sure the design is called Airshell 2. It's kind of hard to read. The name is located on the side of a bathysphere if anyone else wants to try and read it. EDlTOR 02:05, December 15, 2009 (UTC)

I'll check it out. Do you have any thoughts about how the "Austen Bathysphere Co." might relate to the Bathysphere's and Rapture Metro? That's the name that appears on all the metro maps near the Bathyspheres. ~Gardimuer ʈalk } 03:22, December 15, 2009 (UTC)
Ok, here's how I see it... The "Rapture Metro" stations are just that, stations. Like an airport, they are owned by a private business, in this case Anton Kinkaide. Fontaine builds the Bathyspheres, and sells them to "Austen Bathysphere Co.", who in turn sets up the routes and travel times. And the wheels of industry go right on turning. EDlTOR 04:56, December 15, 2009 (UTC)

Lockdown? Edit

Okay the Bathyspheres are locked down during the events of BioShock that much is certain however, the Lockdown seems to be disabled by the games end.

Evidence to support this:

1) BioShock Evil Ending: several Bathyspheres filled with splicers arrive at surface.

2) BioShock 2: Sammy Fletcher and his lover find a bathysphere and attempt a break for the surface.

Other less solid evidence to support this:

1) SitS: The Nellie Bly was attacked by splicers. A Bathysphere is most likely required for them to initiate the attack. even lighthouse access from rapture requires Bathy use.

2) SitS: it is implied that James Oakes dies similarly to Sammy Fletcher

I don't know if or how this information should be mentioned in the article, but it still might be worth consideration.

EDIT: Sorry, I keep forgetting to sign my posts.

AtlasRyan101 03:29, March 13, 2010 (UTC)


The Nellie Bly incident at least was in BS2 long after Ryan is allegedly dead and plenty of time for people to remove/hack  the genetic locks on all the remaining Bathyspheres.


Yea! and what about BioShock 2 Multtiplayer? the player travels with a bathysphere to get to another location to participate in the war? Where the bathyspheres special to them who uses the Siclair Solutions program?

Shacob (talk) 21:13, March 12, 2014 (UTC) 


Is Sinclair one of Ryans 'inner circle'?  or at least able to get limited access to Bathysphere travel for some of the plasmid/tonic (and weapon?)  testing he is doing for Ryan Industries.


The Genetic Lockdown was lifted by Fontaine when he gained control of Rapture so that he was free to travel around the city as he pleased. Lamb never re-introduced the Lockdown but she had torpedos set to target any sphere or other submersible attempting to leave the city. 22:56, March 12, 2014 (UTC)


The  Multiplayer scenario is set before the events of BS1, so for that Fontaine/Lamb didnt lift the Lockdown.


Yes, in fact, the multiplayer ends ("SPOILER") when the airplane crashes near the lighthouse and starts BS1 Shacob (talk) 15:34, March 13, 2014 (UTC)


Maybe it doesnt end, and the crazy Splicers fight on for all eternity  "Trapped in a hell created by Man's quest for mammon"....   Even after Fontaine is gone, Sinclair makes a good living Televising the fighting to the people in Rapture from his Pirate TV station  (Splicer Club - Rule #1 : Nobody talks about Splicer Club...  Rule #2 - see rule #1).

Bioshock Infinite Edit

In Bioshock Infinite, Booker DeWiit is able to activate the bathysphere, which is the same one that Jack used in Bioshock 1. Does this imply a relation between Booker and Andrew Ryan, or is it just a small fact being overlooked? 15:44, March 30, 2013 (UTC)

Noone said that it's the same batysphere. In that universe Rapture could exist without Jack, so it was just another batysphere which was not used by him. Ison (talk) 16:41, March 30, 2013 (UTC) 
Even so, the bathyspheres still had a genetic lock on them (Notice the ruined welcome centre and the little sister crying behind the big daddy post Songbird - this time was during the fall of rapture) Danm36 (talk) 22:22, April 1, 2013 (UTC)
How do we know this wasn't during Sofia Lamb's time as ruler of the city? Poketape 03:37, April 21, 2013 (UTC)

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Considering only Andrew Ryan's DNA can operate the bathyspheres, theories suggest that Booker Dewitt and Elizabeth may be relatives of Ryan. Further investigations show that Booker Dewitt might be Andrew Ryan who survived the drowning scene in Infinite's ending only to start anew with a fresh identity: Andrew Ryan. Thus, driven by his hate of Columbia's foundations, he would've created a city completely opposite to Columbia, located underwater and free from the former's moral and ethic limitations.

This theory also leads one to believe that Jack, Bioshock 1's protagonist, may very well be Andrew Ryan, and furthermore Booker Dewitt, because just like them, he shares the abilty to use bathyspheres, proof that he owns Ryan's DNA. 

Ok, this is rediculous. As suggested above, the lockdown could have been over when Booker and Elizabeth arrive. When Fontaine takes over Rapture Central Control with the master card that could have reset the lockdown and ended it. Why on earth would anyone think that Booker is Andrew Ryan? Ryan is originally Russian, and far too young to be Booker in 1960.
When a simple answer is possible, why create such a needlessly complicated one?
Unownshipper (talk) 00:26, June 15, 2013 (UTC)
After all, Sofia Lamb was actually Andrew Ryan in drag and Eleanor was actually an alternate Elizabeth stolen from an alternate Columbia in one of the Luteces other gambits.   Once you open the interdimesional multi-verse can of worms, there is no closing it.

BS:Infinite  -- Logic and Reason no longer ApplyEdit

Multi-Verse - anything you want (its now pure fantasy) ----- no lockdown, or  Booker DeWitt in a different reality built Rapture and locked it down, or  Sofia Lamb is Elizabeth's mother,  or Elizabeth is her own mother, or its all a deranged Splicer's bad dream, ... whatever (worse it IS all of these things simultaneously ... whatever floats the boat -- there might even be a Universe there somewhere where we got real Science Fiction for BS:Infinite').  The only reason they included this stuff was to justify their milking of the Bioshock Brand.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Testxyz (talkcontribs) 02:01, July 30, 2013(UTC). Please remember to sign your posts with ~~~~.

Bathyspheres look like a Taxi system not Mass TransitEdit

The Metro Trolleys we saw in BS2 would be more like busses to handle alot of passengers, when the Bathysphere facilities we saw would be insufficient for the numbers of people who would want to get around Rapture on a daily basis.

The private submarine thing (Prentice_Mill talked about) likewise would be largely out, as not possible to be an equivalent to common private automobiles (like in the US from 1920s on).  They lack the flexibility an automobile has.   Their expense and extensive facilities required would be something only Rich people could afford.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Testxyz (talkcontribs) 02:14, July 30, 2013(UTC). Please remember to sign your posts with ~~~~.

The Trolleys seen in Apollo Square  and Olympus Heights are even decorated to look like Bathyspheres. Look at that odd round door on the Trolley side and the frame around it and the lights.

CO₂ Scrubber :Edit

Humans breathe on average about 16 cubic feet of air per hour.  The typical 12 foot 'sphere has at  least 500 cubic feet of air in its cabin.  That is about 30 man-hours of air.  The longest uninterrupted trips in the transit routes take about 20 minutes (with Express Routing through  Hubs). Air is systematically cleared/renewed at every dock stop.   In the standard Bathysphere You have space for 8 passengers sitting (several more potentially if there are 'strap-hangers - which would be atypical on a 'First Class' operation).  So 12 people times a trip of 20 minutes equals 4 man hours used, which leaves a large margin for safety and delays without need to artificially adjust the O₂/CO₂ content.   A system would be in place to stretch that significantly  (CO₂ scrubber (Soda Lime) cartridges and bottled O₂) - normally sealed/inactive and only usded for emergencies).

Personal use 'submarine' Bathyspheres would have much more extensive systems (normal use scrubbers and O₂ feeds) for extended many-hour trips, and require much more complexity, maintenance and expense.

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