For the past 12 years that futuristic project dubbed SeaOrbiter, elaborated by the French architect Jacques Rougerie, has been only on paper. But, due to recent developments the project could be turned into reality by 2013, with the starting point being this October.
The SeaOrbiter is expected to be the world's first vertical vessel, being 51 meters (170 feet) high. In order to complete the project, over 50 percent of the ship will be located underwater. The cost of the project is estimated to reach $52.7 million.Similar to a space ship, the SeaOrbiter is planned to allow scientists and others a residential yet mobile research station positioned under the oceans' surface. The station will have laboratories, workshops, living quarters and a pressurized deck to support divers and submarines. SeaOrbiter is a project of the "Floating oceanographic laboratory" organisation. It is headed by French architect Jacques Rougerie, oceanographer Jacques Piccard and astronaut Jean-Loup Chretien. The cost is expected to be around $52.7 million.
One of the ship's goals is to observe large territories of oceanic life. In addition, scientists expect to use latest advancements in technology to observe underwater life in real time. This means that 18 scientists will have to live on board of the ship, permanently observing marine life.
It would be interesting to note that the vessel will be equipped with an underwater chamber that will explore at a depth of 31 meters (102 feet). The underwater section of the vessel will also feature panoramic windows that make up a large underwater observatory.
There will also be a deck on top of the ship. The deck will be equipped with an observation terrace. This will allow occupants to observe and document migrating bird life.
Inside the SeaOrbiter will have the latest oceanographic observational and sonic equipment connected to satellite facilities.
The developers also consider equipping the vessel with a number of green technologies, able to generate solar, wind and wave power.
Here is a video presentation on "The Sea Orbitter"
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