Branson’s Virgin Oceanic Submarine (Video Included)

First we had Richard Branson’s first commercial spaceship, now he has decided to venture into the unknown depths of the Oceans, in a submarine. Not just any old submarine, but a submarine that will go deeper than anyone as ever gone before. He wants to go to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic’s Puerto Rico Trench and South Sandwich Trench, the Diamantina Trench in the Indian Ocean and the Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean. It sounds like a really great adventure.

Branson’s fellow explorer, Chris Welsh, plans to make the first descent later this year to the Mariana Trench, which at 10,972 metres is deeper than Mount Everest is high. Branson then plans to explore the 8530-metre deep Puerto Rico Trench.
The pilots for the other three trips have not been chosen.
“Man has not explored our ocean,” the Virgin Atlantic founder said in an interview at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Read the full story in the Herald Sun.

There is also a story about the risks of such a journey:-

But the risks are immense. Just a simple leak in the submarine could cause it to implode and be crushed like a paper cup.
So few other submersibles can descend to such a depth that “rescue is impossible”, Mr Welsh said.
“It’s like being on the dark side of the moon.”
And way down there are creatures we don’t yet know about. Read the full story in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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9 Responses to Branson’s Virgin Oceanic Submarine (Video Included)

  1. I would go to the moon a thousand times before EVER venturing in a submarine! I am basically claustrophobic to begin with -add to that the fear of something going wrong when so far at the bottom of the ocean….. just shoot me now! I wish Branson luck but here’s one client he won’t have!!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi EOSR,
      A submarine is definitely not for you, it certainly is a very small place, not enough room to wriggle. I agree you would need nerves of steel I feel. 🙂

  2. gregoryno6 says:

    And so the new hunt for Osama begins.
    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  3. That’s very funny Gregory! Very.

  4. travelrat says:

    We took a trip on a commercial submarine ‘Atlantis 1’ from Santorini in 2004 (It’s not there now, I wonder what became of it?) … which was the first I knew that you could actually see out of a submarine!

    But, this looks interesting: as the late Arthur C. Clarke once said, we know more about the planets than what’s ‘down there’, & I applaud Branson for putting his money to good use.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      I agree with you about Branson, he really is doing something with his money, I have read a fair bit on this submarine, and the amount of research that went into doing this craft was amazing, because of the tremendous pressures that would be on this craft to go that deep, research that will be used for generations to come I feel.

  5. bronxboy55 says:

    I don’t know why, but I’d been under the impression that submersibles had already gone down to the deepest parts of the oceans, including the Mariana Trench. I learn something every time I visit this blog.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi bronxboy55,
      It is amazing the amount of places that man still has not been able to travel, you would think these places would of been conquered by now, they also think there may be some sea creatures at that depth that have yet to be discovered. Very interesting times.

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