CAPSULE PROGRAM

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INITIATOR & DIRECTOR OF UNDER THE POLE

GHISLAIN BARDOUT

Gaining a better understanding of the oceans is one of the major challenges of the 21st century, as it is only with a better understanding of their equilibrium that we will be able to face modern ecological and societal challenges. Between the 1950s and the 1990s, underwater and space exploration flourished, leading to the most ambitious projects : diving deep into the ocean and walking on the moon. I belong to a generation that has been nourished by the dreams of that time.

Today, while the man prepares to go on Mars, the evolution of the diving techniques and the equipment used make it possible to imagine adventures that even Jacques Picard and Jacques-Yves Cousteau could not experiment. And when I see what you can discover during a dive, I cannot help but imagine what it would be like if you could stay in the depths for a long time. Since 2006, marked by my beginnings in the field of exploration and adventure alongside Jean-Louis Étienne, I devote myself fully to the exploration of oceans diving. I successfully led two Under The Pole expeditions, each of which was a pioneer.

 

Large companies like Rolex, Clarins-Azzaro and Air Liquide already accompany us, our dedication to quality and our reliability are recognized by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research.

This recognition and support has allowed us to start a new revolutionary project : Under The Pole III – 2017•2020. If the challenge of yesterday was to dive deep in the oceans, today, the challenge of human underwater exploration lies elsewhere : it lies in its ability to stay
immersed for a long time, with the aim of discovering and understanding the oceans and the life that unfolds there. Faithful to our quest for and our pioneering spirit, this vision guides Under The Pole.

After two polar expeditions, the 3rd is world-wide : it is dedicated to the creation and testing of a light saturation diving system that is easy to operate at all latitudes, an underwater “capsule“ intended to produce continuous immersions lasting up to several days.

Thus, in his quest for knowledge, man will be able to immerse himself not only deep, but now for a long time. A new stage that will take us starting in 2020 to the ultimate submarine exploration vessel : a submarine worthy of the dreams of Jules Verne.

 

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A SCIENTIFIC INNOVATION

THE CAPSULE PROGRAM

The Capsule is a basic and light underwater habitat, relatively autonomous and not very bulky, destined to host teams of divers for missions dedicated to the knowledge of the submarine environment during multiple days.

 

 

THE POLAR SCHOONER “WHY”
It is the logistic and scientific base of the expedition. It is capable of operating in any sea of the world and can deploy the submarine capsule in complete autonomy.

THE SIGNALLING BUOY
Equipped with a telecommunication antenna.

SUBMARINE ROBOTS
They assist the divers in the recognition of the environment.

A LIGHT SUBMARINE HABITAT
Easy to set up between each immersion, the divers will rest and feed there without leaving the habitat. Much more than a shelter, this immerged observation post ensures that nothing is missed under the oceans.

360° CAMERAS
They allow the surface team to follow the live-feed of the dives in progress.

EQUIPPED DIVERS
The equipment : rebreathers and propellers able to intervene up to 120 m.

THE POLAR SCHOONER “WHY”
It is the logistic and scientific base of the expedition. It is capable of operating in any sea of the world and can deploy the submarine capsule in complete autonomy.

THE SIGNALLING BUOY
Equipped with a telecommunication antenna.

SUBMARINE ROBOTS
They assist the divers in the recognition of the environment.

A LIGHT SUBMARINE HABITAT
Easy to set up between each immersion, the divers will rest and feed there without leaving the habitat. Much more than a shelter, this immerged observation post ensures that nothing is missed under the oceans.

360° CAMERAS
They allow the surface team to follow the live-feed of the dives in progress.

EQUIPPED DIVERS
The equipment : rebreathers and propellers able to intervene up to 120 m.

 

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