|Up, Up and Away|
|Down, down and away|
It was an interesting contrast as we watched the rocket soar away on its journey into space and Graham Hawkes pointed out that two-thirds of our own planet, mainly underwater, remains unexplored. Sometime this year, secrecy abounds, an undersea craft of his design will be manned and dive to the deepest parts of our ocean planet. The explorers are known to include James Cameron who makes amazing movies, Sir Richard Branson who makes amazing business, and Eric E. Schmidt of Internet fame.
Due to some extraordinary discoveries in materials and designs construction materials available for the construction of undersea craft have changed in recent years. While the challenges are many batteries and electronics have also advanced. This has held costs steady or even lowered them and raised the capabilities of undersea craft and indeed surface craft which will be needed in support. Designed by Graham Hawkes, Sir Richard Branson has a winged submersible and a mother ship ready to go explore, visit their website at www.virginoceanic.com/ to see their entire plan - it is ambitious.
|Planned worldwide dives|
There is also another team at Triton Submarines, Vero Beach, FL which also is building submersibles to carry persons to deep sea space such as the Challenger Deep. Their website is at www.tritonsubs.com/ . There is yet more data about deepsea exploration at www.deepsearch.org for readers to research for themselves. By the by the dives are in excess of 11,000 metres so these are extremely serious ventures.
Please remember our fellow seafarers some 800 of whom are being held captive by pirates off Somalia which in addition to its civil war is once again in the grip of famine.