Richard Branson launches Virgin Oceanic to discover the ocean’s depths

Richard Branson launches Virgin Oceanic to explore the ocean's depths

Sir Richard Branson might have already branded his Necker Nymph aero submarine with the “Virgin Oceanic” moniker, however he is now lastly taken issues to the subsequent logical (and impressive) step. He is simply introduced a brand new, full-fledged enterprise of the identical identify, which guarantees to do to nothing in need of dive to the deepest a part of every of the Earth’s 5 oceans — all inside the subsequent two years, no much less. That can be finished with the one-manned sub pictured above, which was designed by Graham Hawkes and shall be piloted by Chris Welsh on its first dive to the underside of the Mariana Trench later this yr — these two are Branson’s companions within the enterprise, and Branson himself is about to pilot the sub on its second mission to the Puerto Rico Trench. Not surprisingly, one of many workforce’s objectives is to set a number of world data, however they’re additionally planning to conduct some scientific analysis alongside the best way, and are already musing about future automobiles that would acquire samples and permit for extra in depth analysis. Head on previous the break for a teaser video, though we’re advised it shouldn’t be assumed to mirror an precise mission.

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