James Cameron's New Sub Will Take Him To the Deepest Spot On Earth

James Cameron has long been a filmmaker who embraced the latest technologies, but his newest toy, the Deepsea Challenger, is a submarine that's capable of diving to the deepest part of the ocean, also known as the Challenger Deep.


Since filming the wreckage of the Titanic for his film, James Cameron has had a bit of an obsession with the underwater world. He's now a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, and working with the organization, as well as NASA and Scripps, he designed and built the electric-powered Deepsea Challenger which will be capable of diving to depths of seven miles.

The last time humans descended into the Challenger Deep was in 1960 when the Navy's Trieste bathyscaphe took Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard to the ocean floor. The decent took them five hours, but Cameron's sub can do it in just two. And while they spent a mere twenty minutes on the bottom, the Deepsea Challenger can linger for up to six hours, providing lots of opportunity for research and exploration.

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It also goes without saying that James Cameron plans to capture a bit of footage while he's down there. The cramped sub is equipped with four hi-def cameras and features a seven-foot wall of LEDs on the outside. An essential accessory given the sun's rays have a hard time reaching seven miles below the ocean's surface. [National Geographic via The Scuttlefish]



Joke 1 - Cameron will pilot the sub via a telepresence link between himself and a wooden actor incapable of expression.

Joke 2 - Cameron will use the submersible to visit the depths of the ocean to teach the creatures that live there about the importance of not destroying nature. The creatures will all say "duh". Cameron will be hailed as the greatest director in history for this.

Joke 3 - Cameron will use the sub to search for a hyper-rare resource of hand-waving significance that he calls "can't-find-ium". He will be hailed as a genius for this.

Joke 4 - On the way down, Cameron will be informed by his co-pilot that they're picking up some hull ionization, to which he will reply that he's "got it". He will then go on to reassure the crew that they're "in the pipe, five by five" before being messily devoured by the local fauna.

Joke 5 - Cameron will heroically save a simple but peaceful people from the cartoonishly evil one-dimensional machinations of a military stereotype. This will make him the greatest writer in history.

Joke 6 - Cameron will pilot the submersible into the ocean floor, destroying a fragile ecosystem surrounding a thermal vent. This will teach all the dead creatures that they must respect nature. This will not be viewed as a catastrophe because the creatures were not blue.

Joke 7 - Cameron will personally have sex with a creature found on the ocean floor who believes him to be of her own race. This will teach her that he's a brilliant writer or something.