A year after his record setting deep sea dive at the Western Pacific, James Cameron is now donating his single-person, deep-sea submersible, the Deepsea Challenger to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
The 58-year-old filmmaker and explorer made his journey to the bottom of the Mariana Trench on March 25, 2012.
WHOI had spent seven years in designing and building the Deepsea Challenger. The institution hopes to better understand the technology in Cameron’s sub and expected to translate this technology in more robotic dives.
According to David Gallo, director of special projects at WHOI, they were looking to use the Deepsea Challenger’s cameras and lighting systems on another remote vehicle.
Last year, Cameron reached about 35,756 feet in the belly of the Mariana Trench. While taking about the experience, he said that he felt a complete isolation from all of humanity in that unknown and unexplored place.
With the transfer of ownership of the Deepsea Challenger, Cameron will also receive an advisory board position on WHOI’s newly launched Centre for Marine Robotics. The sub is all set to arrive at the institution’s headquarters this summer.
Well, we hope such partnerships will accelerate the growth of ocean science and technology. What do you think?