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Project Deepsearch: An Innovative Solution for Accessing the Oceans

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The year 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the first and only manned visit to the deepest part of the sea. Over the past 50 years, even as technology has advanced with breathtaking speed, there have been very few changes or advances in applying new technology to manned (human-occupied) vehicles for deep sea exploration. Today there are only a handful of deep research submersibles and all, with the exception of the Chinese Harmony 7000, are aging assets. None are capable of exploring all areas of the ocean. Project Deepsearch is being undertaken by a small business working under the premise of a collaborative open source effort. Our goals are to bring innovative solutions to bear in five key areas of engineering and technology while engaging industry contributors and the public, enhancing awareness of the importance of the oceans, marine science and education.

Keywords: Ceramic flotation; Dive profile; Glass; Lithium batteries; Pressure testing

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2009

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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