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SeaOrbiter: Help Build This Space Station of the Sea


SeaOrbiter, the first space station of the sea, is launching a crowdfunding campaign to finance the construction of the ‘Eye’ of the vessel, to start in spring 2014. Each person’s chance to own a small part of SeaOrbiter.

Often compared to Star Trek’s Starship USS Enterprise, SeaOrbiter is a new generation of underwater exploration vessel that will open a new era of Ocean exploration, undersea discoveries and global knowledge about the marine ecosystem, and its vast potential regarding new applications in various fields such as marine molecules—whether for future medicine, pharmacopoeia or human sustenance—biotechnologies or renewable energies.

Drifting with the main oceanic currents, SeaOrbiter will allow a crew of explorers to live 24 hours a day over a long period of time in the heart of the ocean, this vast territory still widely unknown being the last frontier on the planet.

With strong relevant scientific and educational purposes, the international program of this unique vessel is also a powerful communication platform that will allow continuous sharing of its incomparable adventure through pictures, videos and scientific discoveries.

This unique project is led by the French sea architect and Academician, Jacques Rougerie, surrounded by the world’s leading ocean and space experts and gathering long time discussing support from, among others, American instituttions such as NASA, NOAA, University of Hawaii, Scripps Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Group.

For more than 10 years, an international team has been working on the conception of SeaOrbiter and the gathering of necessary funds for construction and its missions.

The pressurized module allows scientists to conduct experiments in a confined environment and  have direct access into the aquatic realm.
The pressurized module allows scientists to conduct experiments in a confined environment and have direct access into the aquatic realm.

This KissKissBankBank campaign is the opportunity to start concretely the construction of SeaOrbiter by bringing together the community of all exploration, scientific and marine knowledge fans.

Each contribution entitles you to a counterpart. For example, your name can be engraved in the Eye of the SeaOrbiter and you can even spend two days on board SeaOrbiter with an organ concert and one night under the sea.

SeaOrbiter is the culmination of 30 years of innovative research and the work of sea architect Jacques Rougerie, who bases his research and the structures he builds on a bionic architecture inspired by marine forms and a concern for sustainable development.

This visionary architect has built underwater habitats, undersea laboratories, educative sea centers, vessels with see-through hulls, subaquatic museums, and has designed underwater habitats and structures to draw attention on the beauty and fragility of the ocean and its fundamental role in the planet’s balance.

The SeaOrbiter and its exploration capacities recently passed a series of test runs in Europe’s largest ocean simulation center. The first underwater missions are already planned for 2016 in the Mediterranean Sea.

“The ocean is the heart of the solar system. It is at once the motor and the lungs of our planet. We must reinstate the ocean as the center of our daily lives,” said Jacques Rougerie.

“We want to make way for a new global socio-economic model which integrates the ocean in a responsible, sustainable manner, as the principal source of innovation and solutions. Medicine, nutrition, pharmacology, renewable energy—the SeaOrbiter can help us improve these for the betterment of our planet.”

Click here for more information on the crowdfunding SeaOrbiter project on KissKissBankBank.

The SeaOrbiter program and its unique submarine exploration vessel open a new era in the knowledge of the oceans through the exploration, scientific discoveries, education and communication. Help us build SeaOrbiter by joining us at
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  • Kayana

    I would love to stay the night, can’t lie I would be scared!

  • Zackary Hall

    This will be kind of cool. We should do it!! Time to explore the new stuff in the ocean!!

  • Henri

    Finally! I have been waiting this for years… I have always been wondering how come nations around the world spend so much money on studying space, when we still dont know almoust anything about our seas?

    This is a good start, but i would love to see that in future we would really start to find new scientific treasures from the seabed it self.

  • Mike

    I’m going to work there someday or die trying 🙂

  • Daniau betty

    This is great ! Jules Verne would have love this !

  • James

    Surely a Sea Orbiter needs to be fully submersible so that it can also explore the deeper waters where unknown life-forms and geological formations exist.

  • Jorge

    Is the greatest design for the exploration of the deep sea,,congratulations.

  • Rotimi

    I am worried about the garbage we are going to end up leaving on the ocean floor, especially with the renewed interest on seafloor mining.

  • sandi

    amazing concept – love this! Why oh why did I not do marine biology way back when ***sigh***. How wonderful to be a part of this project. Good luck.

  • sandi

    will you be opening a TV channel so all can tune in and watch what is happening on the SeaOrbiter? I really hope you do!

  • Jay Bob

    Ok, fine I’ll be in! I’ll join. But, can we smoke cannabis on board??

  • Geoffrey

    It looks kinda like an idea I once had for a large semi-submersible fin, to cause turbulence, or an artificial upwelling to stimulate marine life in the open seas (and possibly some renewable energy…)

  • Geko Dive Bali

    Sounds great! I’d love to spend a few days under the sea…

  • SeaOrbiter’s team

    Thank you for all your comments !
    Thank you so much for your precious support !

  • SeaOrbiter’s team

    Thanks for your support !

    Please continue to spread the word. Our crowdfunding campaign is still going on for 11 days and we still need funds to succeed the campaign and start the construction in May 2014 :

  • erika cerdeño lance

    i would love to participate, be part of this wonderful experience and life, thankyou ¡¡¡ JAQUES ¡¡¡¡ I HAVE BEEN WAITING all my life…and i mean all my life..if you make this possible, count with me¡

  • Bowee

    I found this in Almanac 2016. Did you guys already launch it?

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