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$7 Million Xprize For Deep Ocean Exploration (businesswire.com) 37

An anonymous reader writes: Peter Diamandis announced today the launch of a new Xprize competition. $7 million is available for teams who are capable of pushing the boundaries of ocean exploration. "Our oceans cover two-thirds of our planet's surface and are a crucial global source of food, energy, economic security, and even the air we breathe, yet 95 percent of the deep sea remains a mystery to us," Diamandis said. The competition goals are as follows: "In each round, teams will complete a series of tasks, including making a bathymetric map (a map of the sea floor), producing high-resolution images of a specific object, and identifying archeological, biological or geological features. Teams also must show resiliency and durability by proving they can operate their technologies, deployed from the shore or air, at a depth of up to 4,000 meters."

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$7 Million Xprize For Deep Ocean Exploration

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  • We have explored more of space then our own oceans. Maybe we should take a domestic vacation before going international .
    • Unless saying "that's a galaxy" is exploring, we've explored a lot less than 5% of the space. 0% of the other oceans in this solar system.

    • No, we haven't. We have maps of the sea floor that are more detailed than pretty much anywhere in the solar system. We routinely get samples from the sea floor, while the amount of samples we have from space has been stable at less than 400 kg for almost 50 years now. You can set up a deep sea expedition down to 4000 m for a few million. Going anywhere in space requires 4 orders of magnitude more money.
      One DSV (Alvin) has made 4400 dives to 4 km, spending 100x more hours on the bottom than astronauts have s

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Kongsberg and others already make AUVs that do this. Shell uses them all the time. The only difference is the requirement to deploy them from the shore or the air. I'm not sure really what they are getting at on this one.

  • by rgbe ( 310525 ) on Monday December 14, 2015 @02:41PM (#51116061)

    This is not about discovering the oceans and what lives there or the geology of the depths. This about helping Shell (the sponsor) create cheaper technogolies such that they can drill for oil. The requirements they have laid out are weak, for example "depth of up to 4,000 meters". The ocean deepest point is almost 11,000 meters. The drilling technology in the future will be reaching 4,000 meters.

    I usually envisage Xprizes as advancing the worlds technologies on a shoestring budget in areas that we have limited knowledge, such as sending a rocket to the moon and taking a photo of the surface and beaming it back to Earth.

    • Sigh. Yes, and all space exploration isn't about discovering what's out there, it's about keeping the defense contractors fat. If you take anything and cherry-pick one reason for doing it, of course you can make it sound like it's for nefarious purposes.

      I usually envisage Xprizes as advancing the worlds technologies on a shoestring budget in areas that we have limited knowledge, such as sending a rocket to the moon and taking a photo of the surface and beaming it back to Earth.

      As someone who's actually w

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Why not just make it full ocean depth, 5000 - 6000m? That gets you to the bottom of most of the world's oceans. Sure the foam costs a bit more but most of your electonics are already going to be oil compensated and pressure rated.

  • How about sharks with frickin' cameras attached to their heads?
  • by k6mfw ( 1182893 ) on Monday December 14, 2015 @03:35PM (#51116495)
    The Soviet sub sunk and which Glomar Explorer got only a portion of it. Supposably when they were raising it (according to a documentary) and when the sub began to break apart when one of G.E. lifting arm broke, one of the missiles slid out of its tube. The documentary had an animation of the missile leaving the sub and then vanishing into the blackness of the depths. It left me the impression the Glomar Explorer crew were thinking, "if we are still here in a few moments, then it didn't explode." (actually there are many steps and procedures to make the bomb go boom, much more than dropping it). OK getting back on topic, can this be used to examine what was left over? Many examine other submarines (or maybe Navy already did but that's all hush hush)?
    • I'd be real surprised if the Navies of a number of countries haven't closely surveyed just about all such interesting sites in international waters. I'd be willing to bet that it's been decades since it was done.

      After all, the finding of the Titanic really was just a military funded smoke screen, where the military was interested in a very close survey of some targets of military value and was willing to pay handsomely for the privilege. The "We are looking for the Titanic" was a clever cover story at th

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