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Virgin Oceanic Sub

Few travel companies can match the sheer ingenuity of Sir Richard Branson. The Virgin Group innovator is like the Steve Jobs of travel with Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Galactic and Virgin Oceanic seeking to break records.



By now you’ve heard about the amazing commercial space flights in the works with Virgin Galactic. At $200,000 a pop, it’s no surprise its RSVP list includes people like Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio. Still, the lesser-known ocean exploration counterpart is arguably just as exciting. Have you ever seen the movie The Abyss? The ocean is a mysterious place that we’ve yet to explore in its entirety.

The Deep Sea Challenger submarine is the star of Virgin Oceanic, Branson’s joint venture with a Newport Beach businessman named Chris Welsh. It was announced in 2009. The Challenger is a one-person sub advertised to “fly to the bottom of the ocean.”

The details:

  • It can dive to the bottom of the ocean and back in 5 hours.
  • Outer layer of the sub is made of carbon fiber composite.
  • Inner layer is made of quartz.
  • Depth capability of 37,000.
  • Weighs 8000 lbs.
  • Only holds one person at a time.
  • Expected to reach depths only two other submarines have reached.
  • Uses LED lights.
  • Laser navigation.