The submerged part. Credit: Seaorbiter (

A comparison could actually be made to our present and past space stations like the International Space Station, as the SeaOrbiter host’s laboratories, workshops, living quarters and a pressurized deck to support divers and submarines. And also underwater robots that can be sent from the laboratory to explore the seabed.

Credit: Seaorbiter ( French designer Jacques Rougerie is the man behind this futuristic research vessel which will patrol the seas from 2014. The SeaOrbiter is a research vessel designed for doing just that, research both on the ocean surface and below.

Or perhaps can it be compared to science fiction and Jules Verne’s character Captain Nemo in the book “Leagues Under the Sea”, who travels the oceans in the specially designed submarine called the Nautilus.

The Sea Orbiter will accommodate a crew of 18 people, will be reasonably self-sufficient in energy and will be self-sufficient during year-long expeditions.

It is semi-submersible and weighs in at a total of 1000 tons. A total height of 51 meters with 31 of these below the surface level. It is equipped with plenty high tech hardware, such as a communications center.

The idea is for the “Sea Orbiter” to follow Gulf Stream and monitor the impact of climate change.