• Short Summary

    COMMANDER COUSTEAU, THE FRENCH UNDERWATER EXPLORER, IS NOW MAKING FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR USING HIS NEWEST PROJECT, A "FLOATING ISLAND", TO FURTHER HIS OCEANIC RESEARCHES.

  • Description

    COMMANDER COUSTEAU, THE FRENCH UNDERWATER EXPLORER, IS NOW MAKING FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR USING HIS NEWEST PROJECT, A "FLOATING ISLAND", TO FURTHER HIS OCEANIC RESEARCHES.

    THE "FLOATING ISLAND" IS ESSENTIALLY A BUOY, WITH A HOLLOW 200-FT CYLINDER FROM WHICH COMMANDER COUSTEAU AND HIS COLLEAGUES WILL CARRY OUT UNDERWATER OBSERVATIONS.

    OFF VILLEFRANCHE, NEAR NICE, IN FRANCE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY), A FLOATING CRANE WAS USED TO PLACE THE TOP PLATFORM SECTION IN PLACE. A SIMILAR ATTEMPT WAS MADE ON JANUARY 15, 1963, BUT WAS ABANDONED BECAUSE OF ROUGH WATER.

    JACQUES PICARD DESIGNED THE FLOATING ISLAND AND THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT ASSISTED IN FINANCING THE PROJECT. IT WILL HOUSE FOUR MEN WHO WILL LIVE AND WORK ABOARD THE "FLOATING ISLAND". THEY WILL HAVE A CABIN WITH LABORATORY, KITCHEN, BATHROOM AND FOUR BEDROOMS, PERCHED ATOP THE UPPER END OF THE CYLINDER.

    SCIENTISTS WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE A LIFT DOWN ON FOUR MORE OBSERVATION LABORATORIES INSIDE THE CYLINDER, WHICH HAS A MAXIMUM DIAMETER OF NINE FEET. BETWEEN STUDIES, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THE COMFORT OF THE BUOY, EQUIPPED WITH HEATING, REFRIGERATOR, RADIO, TELEVISION, A LIBRARY AND LANDING SPACE FOR A HELICOPTER.

    THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT IS TO LEARN MORE FROM PROLONGED STUDIES OF SUBMARINE REGIONS THAT HAVE SO FAR BEEN EXPLORED ONLY FOR BRIEF PERIODS AT ANY ONE TIME.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9MXGSRO6PCMS6PJ0ND2IHQEBX
    Media URN:
    VLVA9MXGSRO6PCMS6PJ0ND2IHQEBX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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