A screenshot of CCTV new sample deep-sea manned submersible Fendouzhe China.

Ships capable of carrying 3 people to tasks 10km underwater say designers

is expected to last manned submersible China to explore the deepest part of the ocean, background the Mariana trench in the Pacific Ocean.

submersible, called Fendouzhe, or "fighter", will make his first attempt to bring his crew to get closer to the abyss Challenger-point deeper into the ditch before the end of this year, according to sources of the Scientific Research center of the Chinese ship in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. The center is a subsidiary of the conglomerate of shipbuilding state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corp.

The electrically powered submersible, weighing tens of tons, was mounted in the center in March. Some tests were carried out on a lake in Wuxi before being transported to a shipyard in Fuzhou, Fujian province in July to be loaded onto the mother ship, Exploration 2.

The mother ship then takes the ship to Sanya, a city in the coastal province of Hainan, to do some preparatory dives in the South China Sea of ​​the South before its maiden voyage to the Mariana trench.

Fendouzhe is deeper underwater diving manned the world capable of bringing people to 10,000 meters underwater to carry out missions scientific, sources said, noting that almost all of the technologies and vehicle devices were developed by Chinese researchers.

designers and engineers to overcome many technical difficulties in constructing a sophisticated submersible equipment, including pressure sphere holding the crew and communication devices ultra-deep.

Once the boat begins formal operations with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, carried three crew members on each titanium alloy Basa deep diving operation, which can last up to 10 hours. Excluding time for promotion and relegation, the team will be able to carry out about two hours of scientific tasks to a depth of over 10,000 meters, the designers said.

Currently, the country has two manned submersible deep-sea jiaolong, or "sea dragon" and Shenhai Yongshi, or "sea warriors". Both were designed and built by engineers from the country.

Jiaolong entered service in 2010, making China the fifth country in the world to have water deep scanning technology after the United States, France, Russia and Japan. During a test dive in June 2012, which reached its deepest depth 7062 meters in the Mariana Trench.

With a capacity of 4,500 diving meters, Shenhai Yongshi was handed over to the Academy of Sciences of China in late 2017 and is involved in scientific intensive operations.

long term, China plans to build a deepwater manned station that will begin operating around 2030, according to officials from the State Oceanic Administration.


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