China is planning a massive sea lab almost two miles underwater
Such an oceanic “space station” would be located as much as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) below the surface, according to a recent Science Ministry presentation viewed by Bloomberg. The project was mentioned in China’s current five-year economic plan released in March and ranked number two on a list of the top 100 science and technology priorities.
Here is a translation of the March 2016 statement from the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation.China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation is leading the deep sea platform project.
March 25, 2016, the SASAC held a State Key Laboratory of Chinese Shipbuilding Industry Institute established the company seven hundred and two manned deep-sea equipment relying embodiment demonstration. Ministry of Science and basic research Sima Yan combined for Justice and feasibility studies to be requested, Key Laboratory enterprise hopes LEG implemented demonstration program in terms of objectives, research direction, organizational structure, operational mechanism.
State Key Laboratory of manned deep-sea equipment has undertaken and completed the “dragon manned submersible research”, “deep space station key technologies”, “Self-propelled rescue bell” and more than 30 research projects, is the deep-sea manned State key laboratory of research equipment for the characteristics of enterprises, the laboratory will carry out research and development work in the overall design of manned equipment and integration technology, high voltage submersible deep structural design and safety assessment technology and deep space station key technologies. To achieve the “dream of a powerful ocean” provides important technical support, so that our deep-sea manned polyolefin material and equipment technology has reached world advanced level.
“Having this kind of long-term inhabited station has not been attempted this deep, but it is certainly possible,” said Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. “Manned submersibles have gone to those depths for almost 50 years. The challenge is operating it for months at a time.”
The U.S. Energy Information Administration says the South China Sea has proved and probable reserves of about 11 billion barrels of oil and 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Modern nuclear attack submarines like the American Seawolf class are estimated to have a test depth of 490 m (1,600 ft), which would imply a collapse depth of 730 m (2,400 ft). Test depth is the maximum depth at which a submarine is permitted to operate under normal peacetime circumstances, and is tested during sea trials.
The Crush depth of the Russian Alfa submarine is possibly over 1300 meters
China now joins an exclusive club of countries that are capable of achieving human access to the deep sea. The other countries are the United States, Russia, France and Japan. The achievement will allow China to explore more than 99.8% of the ocean floor, Liu Cigui, director China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA), told the media.
“China now joins an exclusive club of countries that are capable of achieving human access to the deep sea. The other countries are the United States, Russia, France and Japan.”
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