Want to keep the TNW Conference vibe going?? Tickets for TNW2022 are available now >>

The heart of tech

This article was published on April 5, 2011

Richard Branson takes on the deep-sea with Virgin Oceanic

Richard Branson takes on the deep-sea with Virgin Oceanic
Courtney Boyd Myers
Story by

Courtney Boyd Myers

Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

Richard Branson, one of our favorite entrepreneurs has conquered the skies with Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic, and is heading to space upon Virgin Galactic, the world’s first privately funded space mission. Today, the billionaire announced his latest endeavor today: Virgin Oceanic to explore the deep-sea.

As CNET first reported Virgin Oceanic will send a pilot to the 5 deepest points in each of the Earth’s oceans including the Mariana Trench, which at 36,201 feet below the surface, is the deepest spot on the planet. The pilot will navigate in a deep-sea submersible called the DeepFlight Challenger, made by Hawkes Ocean Technologies and which originally belonged to Steve Fossett, an American businessman and adventurer who died in 2007.

Branson and his partner Chris Welsh plan to spend the next 2 years working on their “Five Dives initiative” in hopes of supporting the need for ocean research and exploration.