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Pisces IV, Ready for Launch

Updated on March 5, 2011
Pisces IV, Ready for Launch
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What with all the talk in recent years of the privatizing of space, it was only a matter of time before this subocean spacecraft was developed.

Conceived by Brad Cousteau, great-grandnephew of the famous undersea explorer, the Pisces IV is unique, as it launches from the deep seafloor of the Mariana Trench. There it can draw on the vast quantities of sulfides seeping from ‘smokers’ in the earth’s crust as fuel. It’s laminated carbon fiber/platinum/niobium hull also benefits from a thin veneer of plankton and tube-worm mucus, which makes the ship super-slippery — just like that flopping walleye you tried to retrieve from the bowels of your father-in-law’s boat last summer — and therefore able to slither through water and air on its way to the cosmic vacuum.

(One minor drawback: piscenauts require triple-recirculating-ionizing-charcoal airpacks to overcome the supremely fishy stench of their craft.)  


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    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks, CM. NASA has already obtained indication of water on other planets (including Mars). We ARE in danger of overfishing and over-consuming fish. Many of the most marketable species (Bluefin tuna for sushi, for example) are already under severe pressure. I like the idea of charcoal digestion-control pellets (perhaps under the brand name of 'Flat-U-Less'?

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      Christina M. Castro 

      7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Awesomely done- Rick! I am intrigued by the whole concept of a deep sea theme within the external galaxy surrounding our universe. I always wondered if there are watery bodies on other planets, what is their marine life like. Fish are so primitive here anyway, the original reptile. And we eat it like its no tomorrow. Who knows when our own marine life becomes extinct perhaps future astronauts will have to search for intergalactic sushi to fill their bellies. Pisces IV is definitely a patent-able idea. Make sure you grasp the idea, and maybe it will bring you millions. Creative Commons Copyright of this hub could be a good suggestion. Oh, one other suggestion to the idea of charcoal filled airpacks- it may be wise not only for future aeronotics to protect the wind from the fishy stench, but the astronauts should internally ingest some charcoal, too, to prevent any possible internal combustion!


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