The “subhuman” project is being carried out by Ted Ciamillo. He plans on operating a one man petal powered submarine across the Atlantic Ocean. The voyage will begin in Cape Verde, which is on the west coast of Africa and will end in Barbados, in the Caribbean. The trip is estimated to take about 50 days and will cover over 2,300 miles. The small submarine is created using light weight and durable materials such as; aluminum, titanium, and stainless steel. The submarine will not have a pressurized air shell, he will be using scuba equipment to breath.
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That’s how the website introduces us to the Subhuman Project.
Ted Ciamillo (see article in Natl Geographic – http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/2008/09/ted-ciamillo-text)
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From New Scientist:
“It may sound like a crazy stunt dreamed up by an adrenalin junkie, but the plan, dubbed the “Subhuman project”, has attracted serious attention from marine biologists. That’s because the sub, when it takes to the seas later this year, could for the first time allow them to explore the upper layers of the ocean silently and unobtrusively, revealing marine life as it has never been seen before.”
The Subhuman Project is the brainchild of Ted Ciamillo, inventor of Zero Gravity bicycle brakes. He is currently building a human-powered submarine, with which he intends to cross the Atlantic Ocean. His journey will take him 2,300 miles in 50 days. His 5600 pound submarine uses a unique propulsion system, which is designed to exactly replicate a dolphin’s tail. This will be his main weapon in beating the clock and battling the ocean’s elements. He has been vigorously training himself in order to pull off this enormous feat, and to make sure he is strong enough for whatever could be thrown at him. Ciamillo knows the danger of traveling through remote ocean waters, but this is something he feels he has to do for himself and for science.
His journey will determine how well he designed and built his submarine, and will also provide ocean research for the Ocean Research and Conservation Association of Florida. He has offered his submarine and his time to help with the research of Edith Widder, who has created a new way to film creatures of the deep sea. This new camera uses very low levels of infrared light, which will allow filming of creatures and characteristics that are not as easily captured with brighter lights.
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