Samudrayaan Project: On Friday, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh launched the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ Samudrayaan initiative for deep ocean research for rare minerals.
The National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) produced a ‘personnel sphere,’ made of mild steel, and tested it as an unmanned experiment two days ago in the Bay of Bengal, utilising the Ocean Research Vessel Sagar Nidhi.
The deep sea vehicle Matsya 6000, under the Samudrayaan project, intends to take humans underwater for deep sea research; it is a five-year project with an estimated cost of 350 crore, according to G. A. Ramadass, director of NIOT.
Before deploying humans on this deep sea trip, an unmanned testing was conducted two days ago with this “personnel sphere.”
“This attempt was a warm-up, with the sphere dropped to a depth of 600 metres off the coast of Chennai. Now that this experiment has been certified, we’ll go on to the next one, in which a 2.1-meter-diameter sphere will be made in which three persons may sit and be transported to a depth of 6,000 metres,” he added.