Life aboard a research vessel is often not the most luxurious experience, but a new initiative called Earth 300 aims to build high-tech science facilities with a 968-foot (295-m), nuclear-powered mega-yacht.
It is basically a permanent science cruise ship where some super smarties can work one day and stay for free.
The founder and CEO of Earth 300, Aaron Olivare, says the project was inspired when he killed corals from ocean acidification while working on a project in the Maldives. He later describes looking at the Mediterranean Sea and dreaming up the concept.
“I started thinking, if we could inspire a global renaissance and bring together the most brilliant and latest and greatest architects and artists and inventors and scientists,” Oliveira said during an Earth 300 launch event, video below.
Oliver was previously president of Royal Falcon Yachts, where he helped finance the Porsche-designed mega-yacht project. He now hopes that his dream boat can provide the right place for his vision. The plan is to invite a diverse group of experts, researchers and regular citizens to do work that advances the cause of global stability.
The Earth 300 is designed to support more than 400 people aboard, making it more like a cruise ship than a yacht. Olivera envisions more than 160 scientists and students living and doing research on the ship for free.
Oliveira hopes to add “entrepreneurs, economists, engineers, artists, filmmakers and journalists” to the mix, with scientists working in disciplines that include marine, earth, space, climate and atmospheric sciences, which in fact Is an interdisciplinary floating research institute.
The scientific facilities aboard will include 22 labs equipped with everything from robotics to weather visualization to 3D printing.
Olivare teamed up with a designer to create a pot that could be instantly recognizable in the hope that it would become an international symbol of stability that helped attract more attention to the cause.
The design includes 20 VIP suites, half of which will be reserved for inspirational or such people who will cruise for free, and the other half will be leased to wealthy tourists. A Bloomberg report states that the suites will be available for $ 3 million (£ 2.2 million, AU $ 3.9 million) for a ten-day cruise, helping to fund the entire venture.
Olivare promised that the research done on Earth 300 would be open source and available in real-time for worldwide collaboration.
Keeping the sustainability theme in mind, the plan is to be shipwrecked and powered by an advanced type of small nuclear reactor, being developed by TerraPower, a company founded by Bill Gates.
But all this is far away. We have some artist presentations and vague plans right now. Oliveira hopes to raise funding for the project in preparation for a sea voyage currently scheduled for 2025.
No word yet on how to name yourself to consider that first trip. Stay tuned, sailors.