SeaOrbiter, a vessel that could be the future of the ocean exploration. The project is called Space Station of the Sea by its inventor Jacques Rougerie. Although SeaOrbiter is only a prototype at the moment, this could be an innovation for exploration of life under water. The space station represents a huge vertical vessel (51m or 167ft), part of which is in the water and part on the surface.
The sea architect Jacques Rougerie believes that this international oceanographic station will become real in near future. The vessel needs €35million to be finished. Mr. Rougerie wants his SeaOrbiter (Space Station of the Sea) to become a place where scientists will have the opportunity to observe the mysterious world under the sea.
Jacques Rougerie said:
"At the moment, they [oceanographers] can dive only for short periods before they have to be brought back to the surface. It is as though they were taken to study the Amazon jungle and then helicoptered away again after an hour,"
He believes that his project SeaOrbiter will give the chance for a constant mobile presence with a window for exploration of what is under the surface of the sea. Mr. Rougerie, whose home and office are houseboats, wants to launch at least 6 vessels for a start. He is hoping to find the money to build the first of the prototypes and with his project SeaOrbiter (Space Station of the Sea) to find the connection between the global warming and the oceans.
Jacques Rougerie (64):
"It’s only in the last 50 years that we have found out that there are seasons under water, with plants flowering, with deserts, forests and an intense life. The food and medicines of the future will come from the ocean. We’re now starting to realise that oceans have a major role in the fragile equilibrium of our planet."
One SeaOrbiter vessel will need 6 crew members, 6 scientists and 6 more people on board - these may be astronauts training or doctors observing submarine human behaviour. All of the communication and navigation tools will be located above the water surface. Under the water part of the vertical vessel will be located a pressurised deck for divers to conduct daily operations over a period of months.
Mr. Rougerie added:
"There will be a gym, because it’s very important to practise sport, entertainment with a video player above each bunk, and nice food. I’ll do the cooking myself and I’m a good cook,"