While Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk throw money at the heavens, Stockton Rush has a more earthbound goal in mind. Rush, the co-founder and chief controlling of OceanGate — a aggregation taking underwater tourists, or “mission specialists” on tours of sunken ships and underwater sights — reminds us that there’s a an another to space analysis that’s much closer to home.

Humans have only explored around five percent of the world’s oceans, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That’s apparently not alteration any time soon. The US currently spends about $32 actor a year on ocean analysis — as against to $19 billion in space.

Rush hopes to make a dent in the arrears by commercializing ocean exploration, article OceanGate is already doing with twin submersibles and .

But first, he has to educate the public. There are prevailing myths worthy of clarifying, and the first of these, according to Rush, is that submarines are dangerous. “In the last 35 years, there hasn’t been a austere injury, and there have been over 15 actor people going,” Rush said. “Statistically, [submersibles are] the safest cartage on the planet.”

The second myth is that it’s expensive. And, in fairness, it has been until now. Most of this amount came from government disability and affected declarations that complex architecture subs able of diving deeper or traveling faster than others from rival countries. A privatized fleet of bartering subs could, he believes, incentivize addition to lower the costs associated with submersible exploration.

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Although only a atom of the cost of space travel, hitching a ride on OceanGate’s new sub won’t come cheap. According to Rush, the inflation adapted price of $105,129, is almost the cost of the Vanderbilt suite — the capital suite on the Titanic.

But once OceanGate begins ferrying affluent cartage on once-in-a-lifetime trips, these “mission specialists” can help the aggregation fund clandestine analysis such as accession samples, charting wrecks, and exploring vast expanses of underwater area all while enjoying an acquaintance few others are privy to.