Hasn't El Reg already covered the Steve Jobs statue story?
A French plan for oceanic domination is shaping up nicely with the news that construction is poised to begin on the SeaOrbiter vessel as early as Spring 2014. Artist's impression of the SeaOrbiter SeaOrbiter: Oceanic domination ahoy Described as "the only vessel in the world allowing a 24h/24 exploration on long-term …
Have a look at RV Flip.
Vertical vessels with deep draughts and a small cross-section exposed at wave level are remarkably stable and have some niche scientific applications where you want a really stable instrument platform.
In terms of "sail area", this is relatively streamlined compared to the slab side of a supertanker.
This is EXACTLY what bothers me. A vessel of this kind would barely follow the waves. This is great with waves of less than... 10 meters? Above this, and the wave will hit the wind turbines.
Well, we can say they are not so critical. How about a 25 meters wave? The thing is 18 meters high - and due to the hull format, will not rise with the wave. Could she stand beeing at 7 meters depth?
And, yes. 25 meters waves ARE far more common than we imagine:
Waves by definition come and go, it's ultimately the buoyancy that determines if it stays up. As long as it's watertight up top, and is designed/built to withstand the pressure there's no problem. Some waves will cover it completely then they will recede.
Of course certain delicate structures will need to be retractable / removable
But in all fairness he then went on to repair the nearly dead Robert De Nero just because Jean Reno asked him to.
And he built a killer diorama of the 47 Ronin in action which did not have any reference to wire-fu, dragons or Keanu F***ing Anderson.
I propose to forward my name as the first person to sponsor the >45k. I would need a little help from the dear El Reg readers.
I will even wear an El Reg T-Shirt whilst I am stroking the on-board pussy.....
Cmon guys, think about it, your names would be printed on the back of the TShirt as being part of fthe official sponsors..
It is actually cheaper than a lot of big "yacht" style vessels being driven by the new rich ~ 1% of the year while spending the rest in port. The average going price for one of those pseudoboats (ones that will not survive a minimal mediteranean storm) is 17M. The distance from there to 40M is a ag of peanuts.
As opposed to the windage on the slab side of a conventional vessel?
All vessels have windage, which is why ROV carriers and Scientific vessels have substantial bow and/or stern thrusters to help maintain station.
A design like this one with a massive keel and slender above-surface portion will be quite efficient - it'll be subject to ocean currents, but should resist wind effect and wave action quite well (unless it's a really heavy sea).
""VIP cabin" - temptingly below the waterline for visiting dignitaries"
Oh this way Senator Sceptical to the VIP cabin. *Later that night on deck* Was the sound the window in the VIP cabin giving way? Pity he didn't vote to give us the funding for all those safety measures we asked for....
Bond had a few Seikos in the 1980s, between his Rolex and Omega periods. One of them printed out messages, another had a camera and a display - which 007 uses to snap a picture of a lady's décolletage. Looking at the Seiko G757 Sports 100 (device for tracking Fabergé eggs not included), I'm reminded of the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch - especially the four crosshead bolts on the face.
"Agreeably, Rolex is also on the list, one-time supplier of essential kit to the man who will eventually have to storm and sink the behemoth. ®"
Unfortunately due to budget constraints for fiscal year 2013 Mr. Bond will be limited to the new Q-provided Timex wrist watch.
"You see Bond, if you press this button it becomes a stop watch. "
yeah. This thing is pretty reality free. For one thing the subsurface hull is shaped as a reverse lifting body airfoil. The thing would sink just by moving. Even a strong current might pull it under.
Architects are not engineers, they're artists. This has idiot art school fantasy written all over it. I personally am expecting an upcoming indefinite vacation to the Bahamas for the creator, along with all the money.
Buildings have pretty well known engineering so for them it works, but a boat is a vehicle. This guy is likely totally unqualified to build something like this. Always a bad sign for investment.
Proper architects are engineers, and know how to design things for stress, weather, external forces etc.
Most modern "celebrity" architects are, as you stated, artists who draw pretty buildings for others to work out.
Source: my dad is a retired (proper) architect. He can draw and do calculations.
The shark is lurking in the bath; last place you would expect one.
Actually, the last place I'd expect a shark is the aircondition duct.
Think about it, you, being a sauve internationally recognised undercover agent, are casually walk around the room looking for venomous snakes or spiders or scorpions with a lighter and a can of deodorant thinking you're being all cleaver.
You open the airconditioning ducting and an angry 3000kg Great White slids out of the duct onto your head toothy end first.
It's just assumed that the Rolex in the books is an Oyster Perpetual, since the first book was published a year before the Submariner was released.
Come the first Connery film, Rolex wouldn't lend the production a watch, so they used a Submariner belonging to the film's producer, Cubby Broccoli.
By the way, the nacelles are well above the centre of drag. When you start the engines, the entire thing will tilt forward.
There are already oceangoing, nuclear-powered icebreakers equipped with ROVs. If you get the right ROV you can hit any depth, so yeah- it's deep enough for you, old man.
A 24/7/365 platform for looking into the deep bits of the sea is already here. And, indeed, has been since about the 80s.
And divers? Divers serve almost no purpose for subsea exploration these days. They're stuck in the boring bit at the top.
Still, it looks deceptively stable- with that massive bulge at the bottom it'll need about a billion tonnes of lead to keep it submerged to that degree, keeping it very bottom-heavy even in winds.
Don't agree with the thruster layout, though. Should have gone for an ROV-like fixed-vector one for maneuverability rather than the two heifin' big props. You'll never go fast in that thing anyway.
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