Virgin Oceanic is preparing for the first manned submersible all the way to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. Deeper than any solo human has ever dived before.
Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean, to the east of the Mariana Islands.
The trench is about 2,550 kilometres (1,580 mi) long but has a mean width of only 69 kilometres (43 mi).
It reaches a maximum-known depth of about 10.91 kilometres (6.78 mi) at the Challenger Deep, a small slot-shaped valley in its floor, at its southern end.
Only two people together have been down there, back in 1960 aboard a bathyscaphe, and Virgin is going to send a lone human down there. The pressure there is 1,100 times greater than that at sea level.
HD Quality Teaser Trailer of Virgin Oceanic’s flagship sub! Disclaimer, this is simply an animation of the sub’s potential capabilities, and in no way should be assumed to reflect a real mission.
source IEEE Spectrum