It has been 50 years since anyone has been to the deepest point on the ocean floor, but now “Avatar” director James Cameron wants to go there, and British billionaire Richard Branson, and Triton Submarines CEO Bruce Jones, all in different projects. Cameron has commisioned a submarine made from high-tech composite materials, Branson will be ‘flying’ in his Virgin Oceanic craft, and Jones is patenting a special sphere made of glass, which they say has advantages over synthetics. Notice the obligatory evil squid reference.
“Glass under compression gets stronger,” said Rayotek CEO Bill Raggio. “You can hire some giant squid to come over with a sledgehammer and just start bashing away on that glass sphere. And it won’t hurt it.”