James Cameron's Deep Sea Vessel

James Cameron’s Deep Sea Vessel

From James Cameron comes a new tool for exploration- a high tech vessel designed for deep sea exploration, one of our final frontiers. Kreysler & Associates had the pleasure of milling parts for the extremely thick fiberglass shell, necessary in withstanding the intense pressure of being almost 7 miles below the surface of the ocean!

From the DeepSea Challenger website (go there to see videos and much more information on the project):

Incorporating new technologies, designs, and materials, the submersible DEEPSEA CHALLENGER is the product of years of dreaming, planning, building, and testing. From its one-of-a-kind vertical attitude to its innovative materials, including a highly sophisticated syntactic foam developed specifically to withstand the pressure at the bottom of the ocean, the craft is a showcase of engineering innovation. Above all, it is designed for safety—every critical function has multiple backup systems, from human life support to power, communications, and the mechanisms that return the sub to the surface of the ocean.

In building the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, Cameron and his team of engineers and scientists wanted to accomplish several objectives:

  1. To create and operate a vehicle that can carry a human pilot to the deepest sites in Earth’s oceans and perform work with significant bottom time for research activities;
  2. To demonstrate the ability to dive repeatedly at any given site to gather data, samples, and imagery to create a comprehensive data set;
  3. To demonstrate the effectiveness of a human-piloted vehicle as a science platform for investigation in the hadal zone, the deepest part of the ocean;
  4. To demonstrate the successful interaction of piloted, unpiloted, and remotely piloted platforms to perform a broad range of science tasks in concert;
  5. Beyond just these demonstrations of capability, to return the maximum actual science value from the first expedition;
  6. To bring back compelling imagery in 3-D of never before seen geological processes and species. This will inspire public interest in exploration and in scientific study of the deep ocean, especially among young people who must become our future scientists, engineers, and explorers.
All images via DeepSea Challenge.