CCR - SPIRIT SIDEWINDER

A new close circuit rebreather  of the American company KISS REBRETHERS appeared on the dive market. The device is dedicated mainly, but not exclusively, to sympathizers of sidemount configuration and deserves attention because in a world where everything is potentially invented, it is not easy to innovate. It was managed by Mike Young co-owner and constructor of KISS Rebreathers, who based on his previous proven and reliable construction solutions created a completely new configuration concept - Close Circut Rebreather SPIRIT SIDEWINDER.    

Unit Characteristics

Unit Characteristics

KISS SIDEWINDER is equipped with two scrubbers. The right scrubber head is fitted with hose connections providing oxygen and diluent as well as Automatic Diluent Valve (ADV). The left scrubber head contains three oxygen sensors with a wire for connecting a PPO2 measuring device and a relief valve. The unit comes with a counterlung fitted between the diver’s back and the sidemount harness, which connects the scrubbers, and corrugated rubber hoses for the DSV (Dive Surface Valve). The exhaled gas goes through none-return mushroom valves to the right scrubber head (exhale side), where oxygen is injected through a small orifice and, as needed, diluent is added via Automatic Diluent Valve or still more oxygen via Manual Add Valve. Subsequently the gas moves through the right scrubber, where it is cleaned of carbon dioxide for the first time, and is injected into the counterlung. Then inhale causes the gas to flow from the counterlung to the left scrubber (inhale side), where carbon dioxid…

Kiss' Idea

Kiss' Idea

Most will recognize that KISS is the acronym for "Keep it simple stupid." The phrase for which the acronym KISS came from was originally started by Kelly Johnson, lead engineer at the Lockheed Skunk Works - creators of the Lockheed U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes. The idea was not to imply that the engineers he was working with were stupid, but just the opposite in that his belief for most systems to work best in the field under real-world conditions, their design should be kept as simple as possible instead of complex.The concept goes even further back to one of histories most renowned inventors, Leonardo da Vinci, who emphasized "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” noting that the ultimate goal in design should be the avoidance of unnecessary complexity.This is a viewpoint that was not lost on KISS Rebreathers first designer Gordon Smith, or on current CEO Mike Young, particularity with regards to life support equipment that will be taken underwater. And for something …

Sidewinder in action
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