Sir Richard Branson, submarine designer Graham Hawkes, and sailor and aviator Chris Welsh launched Virgin Oceanic. Virgin Oceanic is taking the next step in human exploration. This time, the voyage is to the last frontiers of our own Blue Planet: the very bottom of our seas.
Over the course of 2011 and 2012, Virgin Oceanic’s one-person sub will journey to the deepest part of each of Earth’s five oceans. The first dive will be to the deepest place on the planet: the bottom of the Mariana Trench – 11 kilometers (7 miles) straight down. For the first time, the deepest trenches in each of the five oceans will be available for surveying, mapping and sampling from an occupied submersible.
A computer animation depicts the sub.