The SeaOrbiter Underwater Habitat Is A Stunning Concept Of Future Sea Exploration
Back in 1977, architect Jacques Rougerie built the Galathée, the first underwater habitat design, a concept that was beyond impressive for that period. His vision transformed a semi-mobile laboratory into reality, one that was capable to handle depths of up to 196 feet with little environmental impact.
Rougerie has constantly improved upon the initial design, creating other marine structures for scientific purposes, although his latest concept has no comparison. Called the SeaOrbiter, this extraordinary project is actually a vertical vessel, part ship and part submarine that would cost at least €50 million or $55 million.
SeaOrbiter was designed to be a science platform able to explore the seas 24/7, which seems to be a good idea since 90% of the Earth’s water territories are still a mystery. Made using Sealium, a recyclable aluminum, this striking vessel floats with 190 feet rising above water level and 100 feet submerged below.
By harvesting wind, wave and solar power, the research ship is eco-firendly and completely self-sufficient. The pressurized environment inside the craft will accommodate a crew of 18-22 people for prolonged missions, where they will live in symbiosis with marine life.
SeaOrbiter will be also capable of deploying devices and water vehicles, thus allowing scientists to explore waters as deep as 19,685 feet, while the on-board laboratory has everything needed to support more than a comfortable life aboard.
The communications systems will also enable the team to send their findings and insights straight to the public. Supported by NASA, National Geographic, Rolex and DCNS, the SeaOrbiter project is about 40 percent funded so far, but you’re more than welcomed to help out.