This gorgeous underwater 'space station' will explore Earth's final frontier
— By Tyler Falk on December 9, 2013, 2:04 PM PST
This is a reply to the web jockey at this site -- your cursor doesn't enter the comment box unless doing a "reply". Anyone there check their work?
@DrAlexC Are you saying you're unable to post a comment unless you do it in the form of a reply?
@dduggerbiocepts Can you provide me with your OS and browser details please? I will pass them on to the developers so they can troubleshoot.
The concern that we need to do more ocean research is will taken. However, this design while sexy in its very science fiction novel cover appearance, the "architecture" ignores much of what we have already learned about this kind of ocean exploration - and our unresolved needs. This vessel's uses are severely limited from a practical marine science research information standpoint and would be extremely inefficient at moving between targeted observation locations when they are separated by great distances. It would also appear that it can't be effectively towed - another liability and risk. This also makes one wonder where and how it will be serviced and maintained - no dry docks could service it.
While the concept of having a host of deep diving ROVs and mini-subs to reach greater depths is good, it certainly isn't unique to current research vessels' capabilities. There are already similar and probably more effective sea going scientific research stations in use - including one ship like one that travels horizontally like a ship, and then tips vertically on location similar to this structures permanent attitude and accomplishes similar research efforts - but without the maneuverability and draft limitations and risks that this design poses. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FLIP_ship)
The lack of speed and maneuverability (due to draft when in shore) will become a fatal risk in the open ocean when large storm waves are capable of reaching and exerting tremendous forces on this vessels entire underwater structure. All in all this seems like a "one design to fit provide all functions" concept, wherein it doesn't accomplish any optimally
Given the time/discovery/cost ratios involved and the depths that we need more information about - more modern machines like another French adventurer - Jacques Piccard's the The Ben Franklin mesoscaphe, also known as the Grumman/Piccard PX-15 and the rapidly growing technology for ROVs are likely far more rewarding.
Yep, that's what we're all saying. I sent the bug to tech support, but after two days nothing happened.
@mheartwood Are you on a PC or Mac?
That's what he's saying! I have the same problem. Clearly no one is testing the web layout with Firefox 25.0.1