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Virgin mogul Richard Branson announced plans this week to explore the furthest depths of the oceans.

Virgin believes that the Oceans offer exciting possibilities for human exploration and scientific research. Our vision through Virgin Oceanic is to explore the possibilities of enabling adventurers and pioneers to participate in oceanic exploration.

If we are successful in our mission with this innovative design of submarine, then we will have proven that a vehicle can be built to withstand the extreme pressures of the oceans and that it is possible to take humans at far reduced risks to the bottom of our Oceans. The submarine we unveil today will likely finish its days on display in a museum here in the US but if we can prove the design, Virgin may explore the possibility of future missions involving other submarines that can collect samples and facilitate science and research. When we have evolved our capacity for exploration, we will unlock opportunities to discover vast areas of our planet that we currently have no knowledge of. This is our vision.

Check out the site here. Watch the teaser video, AFTER THE JUMP...

BoingBoing has a long post about the project.

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  1. People with money are rarely so creative as Richard Branson in terms of using that wealth. I'm only envious of his life because he owns that damn Necker Island (drool).

    Posted by: Drew | Apr 6, 2011 10:18:45 PM


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