China-made submersible has 1,000 m diving capability

15:23, March 11, 2010      

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Sun Zhihui, CPPCC member and director of State Oceanic Administration, said March 10 in an interview that the home-developed manned submersible, the first of its kind worldwide has been successfully tested in the South China Sea 20 times at depths of 1,109 meters in 2009. The vehicle's maximum operational capability at that depth is 7,000 meters.

As a result, China becomes the world's fifth country after the U.S., Russia, Japan and France to possess the technology of developing a manned submersible with over a 1,000 meter diving capability.

The manned submersible, capable of reaching depths for a distance of 7,000 meters, is the best of its kind in the world. It is capable of exploring 99 percent of the world's ocean floor.

By People's Daily Online
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