Exploring the underwater abyss with the SeaOrbiter
Created by French architect Jacques Rougerie
Designed by French architect and oceanographer Jacques Rougerie, who spent more than 30 years researching underwater habitats, the SeaOrbiter is a new vessel meant to run on a combination of solar and wind power.
The project was inspired by Jules Verne's novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,
and is a 190-foot tall floating laboratory — complete with a space stimulator and submersible garage and living quarters complete with a captain's room and VIP cabin.
The facility would be run by a crew of around 22 people, who would serve to manage data, observe the nautical surroundings, and explore the depths in a variety of submersible ways which can be used to collect samples. The innovative dream is for the ship to help better investigate 95 percent of the world's unexplored oceans.
However, the only obstacle left for Rougerie is raising the cash to create the SeaOrbiter. If he succeeds in raking in $48 million he can launch the craft by the end of 2016.
Discussing the project, Jean-Michel Cousteau, the President of the Ocean Futures Society said, "SeaOrbiter is the first of a new generation vessel giving people a new perspective on the undersea world. Its original design and observation capabilities will give each one of us a chance to dive in mid-ocean with an intimacy never before achieved."