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.
Virgin Oceanic’s Chief Pilot, Chris Welsh, upon meeting adventurer Steven Fossett, was greatly impressed by the sight of Fossett’s giant racing catamaran, the 125′ Cheyenne.
Chris was instantly captivated and set his sights on completing Steve’s mission to the deepest part of the planet. He also expanded the project from a single solo dive to the current goal of five oceans, five dives, exploring the deepest depths in each of the five oceans of the world.
What does that mean for the catamaran? Instead of just crossing the Pacific to Guam and coming back, she will likely be covering over 25,000 miles of open ocean over the next two years. So what would it be like to be out there?
A crane rises above the mid-point, standing by to lift the 3,600 kg (8,000 lb) sub off its rolling cradle, which can slide back out of the way, and lower the sub straight down into the water through a hole in the deck, also known as “the moon pool”.
Generators on board as well as power systems on the engines provide power to enable satellite navigation, lights, scientific equipment, music, and of course the communications systems that will allow us to send updates from the cat as it journeys around each of our planet’s oceans.http://www.virginoceanic.com/