It is staggering that in the last few decades we have studied and understood the vast stretches of space that extends around our planet far better than the fathoms that stretch below us right here on earth. Ocean exploration is traditionally far more challenging no just because we have been consumed by the space race and hence our resources have gone in that direction, but also because the ocean is liquid medium, unlike empty space and hence creates problems aplenty. But submarine technology is fast evolving to further scientific exploration of ocean beds and the GhostManta design by Caan Yaylali offers a wonderful blueprint for a future ocean bed explorer.
The design of the GhostManta is another great example of bio-mimicry as designers try and borrow from the mastery of evolution. There is no shame in borrowing from millions of years of evolutionary design and one look at the GhostManta throws us back to the Manta Ray. The submarine itself is propelled by an electric engine and holds enough space in it for a couple of explorers to cruise along the ocean bed with ease.
Its sleek and slender design allow it to access the depths of ocean floor with ease while its all-electric propulsion system ensures that there is no pollution whatsoever. The lack of a noisy engine also allows marine biologists and photographers to sneak up to animals without scaring them away. Sturdy glass dome, 3D cameras that capture 360 degree views, powerful headlights and water propulsion ensure that you get the best of underwater exploration.
The stable wings, tail rudder and the smooth engine ensure that you have no problem wiggling your way out of tight corners, its ability to stay for long duration underwater and absorb high pressures means that you need not constantly resurface for fuel and breathing needs. Designs like the GhostManta seem to be the way forward as we try and understand our oceans and its vast unexplored terrain without polluting its riches and disturbing delicate and intricate ecosystems at work.