The moral of this project is fast becoming these words – ‘if you want to build a submersible that will reach the bottom of the deepest trench in the Atlantic ocean, all the bits and pieces you need are on your doorstep.’

After another exciting chat with Trident Sensors (15 minutes down the road from where I live), I then drove over to meet Paul from Stanley Plastics Ltd (another 5 minutes down the road!).

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Trident had confirmed that they are on schedule for completion early next year and we are literally a few ‘bits and pieces’ away from the submersible being ready. They had suggested I talk to Paul at Stanley Plastics to see if they would be able to provide a plastic dome, much like the picture, to provide the camera with a pressure resistant screen.

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I headed over to meet Paul and his team. As I walked in the door and sat down, not only was I greeted by a very friendly receptionist, but also by an array of impressive looking awards! I knew Paul and his team were seriously good at what they do. Paul very kindly gave me a few minutes of his time and after explaining what I’m up to, he literally stood up, went and found the right product I needed and said ‘There. You can keep that!’. Needless to say, it made my week. As Paul and Stanley Plastics Ltd have got on board, I will of course return the favour by promoting them through various media channels and hopefully on the international news when the project kicks off!

Bill and Helen at Trident Sensors were, as always, in good spirits and share my excitement for launching the submersible. It’s so incredible seeing this project move along and the submersible coming to life. Soon it’ll be tucked under my arm, hovering over a watery depth of about 5.3 miles in the middle of an ocean that covers roughly 20% of the Earth’s surface.


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