Victor Vescovo: What's at the bottom of the ocean -- and how we're getting there
In 2019, Victor Vescovo could become the first person to have climbed to the highest point of all the world's continents as well as descended to the deepest reaches of all its oceans, including the Challenger Deep. Full bioDavid Biello - Science curator, author
David Biello is TED's science curator and the author of "The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age." Full bio
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what have you been up to?
of the Atlantic Ocean,
Jules Verne as a young boy,
I've led a team to design and build
diving submersible on the planet,
to personally pilot it too.
the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
the developments in the last 10, 15 years.
the means to explore outer space,
spending their resources
that can take us to places
it's 70 percent of our entire planet,
with our expedition
on the bottom of the planet
that is still unexplored.
to do that, right?
the Limiting Factor.
the Pressure Drop.
point of the ocean.
of ocean exploration?
of ocean exploration,
if you give me a ride in yours.
where the pressure is so intense
an Eiffel Tower on your toe.
this titanium sphere
to these extreme depths
by James Cameron,
and those were experimental craft.
thousands of times with two people,
British citizen in history
Dr. Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University
is what I'm guessing.
different to go diving.
you do not want to be in the submarine.
eight to nine hours in a confined space.
from the career I had previously
where you're in open spaces,
It's much more technical.
in using the instruments
anything that can go wrong.
goes wrong in the submersible,
is what you're saying.
but if it's a leak that's happening,
because if it was really bad
that wouldn't be good either,
a lot of things in life,
things like this can survive
pressures and conditions.
is so perfectly machined, right?
to within .1 percent of machine.
haven't figured it out,
to make an almost perfect sphere,
something to pressure,
geometry you can have.
and that hatch closes,
to go down and come back up.
you double-check --
in diving a submarine.
the Southern Ocean before.
DB: Yeah --
as Kelly mentioned.
to actually solve the mystery.
in the Indian Ocean?" --
and one in the Java Trench.
with a brilliant sonar.
to the bottom and verified.
of the Java Trench,
one of our major dives,
to Wikipedia and change it
to get down there
to spend down there?
quite a bit of time.
of oxygen supply in the vessel.
I'm probably not going to use it,
to the deepest part of the ocean
usually three or four hours
for more than 10 or 11 hours.
of the Indian Ocean.
besides you has ever seen before --
from one of our robotic landers.
actually see a robust assfish --
a creature that's never been seen before.
called a stalked ascidian,
have ever looked like this before.
at the bottom of its stalk,
for a couple of hours,
been isolated for billions of years
been down there to film them
is to build this tool.
more of them potentially
to do thousands of dives,
had no idea even existed.
to space than the bottom of the ocean.
you're going to give it away.
to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
with two individuals.
with his Deep Sea Challenger --
actually in two weeks,
and do it multiple times,
we'll have proven the technology
it will stay open.
DB: Thank you.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERSVictor Vescovo - Undersea explorer, investor
In 2019, Victor Vescovo could become the first person to have climbed to the highest point of all the world's continents as well as descended to the deepest reaches of all its oceans, including the Challenger Deep.
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The Five Deeps Expedition was envisioned and sponsored by Texas native Victor Vescovo, who will solo pilot the submersible on each of its main dives. In 2017, Vescovo became the 12th American to complete the "Explorers Grand Slam," which requires climbing the highest peak on all seven of the world's continents, including Mt. Everest, and skiing at least 100 kilometers to both the North and South Poles. He recently became the first person to the bottom of the Atlantic and Southern Oceans, and in 2019 could become the first person in history to have climbed to the top of all the world's continents as well as descended to the bottom of all its oceans, including the Challenger Deep.
For more than 20 years, Vescovo served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, retiring in 2014 as a Commander (O-5). He served at various times on extended active duty, primarily onboard the USS Nimitz, USS Blue Ridge and ashore in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he was posted to serve for more than a year after the 9/11 attacks as a counter-terrorism specialist. In the civilian world, he is a cofounder and Managing Partner of private equity firm Insight Equity, an industrial buyout firm with over $1 billion in capital, where he focuses on growing and enhancing aerospace, defense and electronics firms. Vescovo is also certified as a jet fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter pilot, as well as a submarine test pilot.
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David Biello - Science curator, author
David Biello is TED's science curator and the author of "The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age."
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