First Missions: Unique Discoveries
∙ The Mediterranean abyss : discovering new species
The seabed of the Mediterranean sea still contains unexplored areas, including domes, volcanic pits and flaws.
SeaOrbiter will identify these areas, stay there for long lasting periods of time and explore them being able to deploy from a unique submarine hangar a large numbers of subsea exploration devices (submarine,AUV,ROV).
This exploration will allow the discovery of new forms of life specific to these environments and still unknown.
This mission will be organized in close cooperation with Ifremer, the Cnrs and the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco.
∙ Searching for remains of sunken civilizations
In shallow areas, easy to reach by divers, shipwrecks and remains of ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean are known and explored.
But the deeper areas remain unexplored, while they contain remains protected from looting and the effects of wind, waves and light.
This mission will be organized in cooperation with the French Underwater Archeological Research Institute and the Commission for Underwater Cultural Heritage of the Unesco.
∙ Locating 10.000 unknown submarine mountains
It is estimated that more than 10,000 seamounts are still to be discovered in the oceans.
Since SeaOrbiter drifts outside the usual navigation zones, it will allow discoveries and explorations in these areas where there is an accumulation of oceanic biodiversity.
This mission will be organized in collaboration with the leading hydrographic institutes (USA, FRANCE, UK, …) and each discovery will be an opportunity to submit a name to the International Commission of Gebco (General Bathy-metric Chart of the Oceans).
∙ Exploring the abyss: new frontiers, new life forms
Like in the Mediterranean, the specific exploration of the abyss by SeaOrbiter will allow discoveries of unknown species, such as the mythic deep sea large animals living there since several million years.
SeaOrbiter will also explore mythical biogeographical zones such as the Sargasso Sea, the Gulf Stream trench, the Azores ridge, the equatorial counter current flow…
These missions will be organized in collaboration with Ifremer, the Cnrs, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Scripps and the Smithsonian Institutes.