I've mentioned in several posts that James Cameron is developing a submarine to reach the bottom of the trench (has anyone called him yet?). Times Online builds on that story by announcing that the X Prize Foundation will soon be announcing a new challenge:
(L)ater this year the X Prize Foundation will offer at least $10 million (£6 million) for the first privately funded craft to make two repeat visits to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.How awesome is that?
The initial X Prize was awarded to Burt Rutan for SpaceShipOne, the first private, reusable spacecraft. The foundation now aims to change deep ocean exploration by inspiring companies to develop technologies that will “significantly increase our ability to explore, gather information, and map the ocean’s depths”.
If we could get Bruce Bateman to take a break from leaving anonymous comments on the Saipan blogosphere, the Marianas Visitors Authority might actually be able to capitalize on this.