At 11,035 meters deep, as Rob McCallum, one of the founders of EYOS Expeditions, says, “This is without a doubt the most exclusive destination on Earth. Currently, only three manned expeditions have been made (to the Mariana Trench) and more people have gone to the moon than to the bottom of the ocean. 4,000 people have been on Everest and 562 in space; only 7 have reached the Challenger Deep“.
The expedition is expected to use the Limiting Factor, a Caladan Oceanic submarine specially designed to withstand high pressure and which has already sunk five times to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. According to them, the submarine consists of a 90mm thick titanium capsule to ensure the safety of the trip and has three viewing posts.
However, when talking about this type of experience, it is very complicated to have clear references. According to McCallum, recreational divers rarely go beyond 100 meters and even typical submarines tend to stay well before the kilometer depth. Reaching ten kilometers, he say, is something completely different: although there is no sensation of weightlessness as when you are in space, the environment is really peaceful and there is practically no sensation of movement in any direction.
Is it expensive to pay $750,000 to be one of the first 15 people on earth? Yes, it is a little bit expensive. To make a comparison, to visit the wreck of the Titanic, people were charged the sum of 100,000 dollars at the time and now, to get to the bottom of the planet, you have to multiply by 7 times that amount.
Victor Vescovo, the founder of Caladan Oceanic is aware of this, but he explains that the strange proposal is aimed at finding a business model that will allow the company to continue exploring the ocean depths, although for now and due to the already very famous Coronavirus, the two expeditions scheduled for next May, are now completely uncertain. However, we all hope that they do not do badly because, in their case, lower is not possible.