The SeaOrbiter, also known as Sea Orbiter (two words), is an ocean going research vessel set for launch in 2013. Similar to a space ship, the Sea Orbiter is planned to allow scientists and others a residential yet mobile research station positioned under the oceans’ surface. The station will have laboratories, workshops, living quarters and a pressurized deck to support divers and submarines.
Sea Orbiter is a project of the “Floating oceanographic laboratory” organisation. It is headed by French architect Jacques Rougerie, oceanographer Jacques Piccard and astronaut Jean-Loup Chretien. The construction of the Oceanographic Laboratory started in 2011. The cost is expected to be around $52.7 million.