Edward J. Niekrasz - Bonita CA
Daniel A. Stephens - Poway CA
Lockheed Martin Services, Inc. - Cherry Hill NJ
A submersible connector having redundant bladders, each filled with a dielectric liquid. An inner bladder contains an electrical contact, and an insertion sleeve of the inner bladder is pinched closed by a spring. An outer bladder is disposed around the inner bladder, and also has an entrance sleeve that is pinched closed independently of the inner bladder. With this arrangement, the redundant bladders are constructed so as to provide independent penetrable seals.