China’s Jiaolong undersea craft reached its first dive to below 4,000m

By on Jul 22, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, Science, World Comments

The Jiaolong undersea craft of China which was named after a mythical sea dragon conducted its first dive to reach 4,027 meters (13,211 feet) below sea level in the northeastern Pacific on Thursday, July 22, 2011, cited by State Oceanic Administration (SOA) in several reports that day.

A surfer wades into the water of the South China Sea
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The State Oceanic Administration was quoted saying, “The success of this test dive has laid a solid foundation for completing the mission of diving to 5,000 meters.”

Jiaolong was reported that it made China as the fifth country to go deeper than the 3,500-meter mark in a dive in the South China Sea last year. The craft was made to achieve the maximum depth of 7,000 meters.

It carried three people and planned to reach 5,000 meters in another dive on Friday, reports added.

However, it was said that due to “unfavorable sea conditions”, the dive was canceled early Friday morning.

Mission’s commander-in-chief Liu Feng was quoted by the state news agency as saying that the conditions were expected to remain rough in the coming three days and SOA was waiting for a suitable time to re-attempt the dive.

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