How often have you wished that you could stay under water longer?
“C’mon, jusst five more minutes. Pleeaase.”
Yeah. Well, instead of five minutes, how about 50 hours?
There’s a new space-age scuba suit that will allow a few lucky people to stay at depths of up to 1,000 feet with a 50-hour life support system. This 530-pound aluminum allow suit has rotary joints at the hands, elbows and knees, so mobility shouldn’t be an issue. Divers will communicate with a surface vessel via fiber optic cable – Now that’s high tech.
Unfortunately for us, this $1.2 million suit is one of a kind. Still, we may reap some rewards from its existence. Because divers will remain mobile and under water for extended periods of time, the Exosuit can be expected to be used for a great deal of research and conservation.
This summer, the Exosuit will make its oceanic debut off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, where waters plummet to 10,000 feet. During initial dives with the Exosuit, scientists hope to gather a new jellyfish species with a luminescence they’d like to reproduce for medical research. We foresee good things coming from this amazing technological advancement.
Just imagine how much we’ll learn when scientists are allowed to explore deeper waters. Although we have learned a great deal in recent years, up until now, we still know very little about the mysterious wildlife that resides in the deep sea. Take these luminescent jellyfish, for example. Before the Exosuit existed, divers would only see these creatures when they happened to wander into more shallow waters, but we know that under these conditions, their luminescence is not nearly as intense.
Now, scientists can study these creatures in their natural habitat, watching them for hours and documenting light patterns with video and high-def images.
Any diver hearing of this suit is likely to be in awe of its capabilities. The Exosuit is allowing divers to go where they have never gone before – and that’s downright exciting.
If you’d like to see the Exosuit before it is shipped off to Nantucket for its first underwater adventure, you may do so at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. And while you can’t get one of these beasts yourself, you can get a high-quality wetsuit or drysuit (depending on the conditions you’re planning) and all of the other gear that will help you stay under water as long as possible. It’s not 50 hours, but a good regulator can help you enjoy the underwater world while you dream of the day when you can own your very own Exosuit.