It seems visiting the ocean’s deepest point once was definitely not enough for James Cameron.
In a post-dive press conference this morning, hours after he broke the record for deepest solo dive at 35,756 feet, the 57-year-old told reporters that he didn’t quite get to do everything he wanted.
“I lost hydraulics toward the latter part of dive, and I was unable to use the manipulator arm,” he said. “It’s a prototype vehicle, so it’s gonna take time to iron out the bugs.”
Cameron added that such glitches limited the marine samples he could harvest and “that just means I gotta go back and get some more,” he said.
According to NatGeo, Cameron and his team have “have more dives planned in the coming weeks as part of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE project.”
Considering it was more than 52 years between the Trieste making the plunge in 1960 and Cameron’s record dive, I’d say that’s a marketed improvement!
“The important thing is that we have a vehicle that’s a robust platform—it gets us there safely, the lights work, the cameras work, and hopefully next time the hydraulics will work,” Cameron said.
Check out video of Cameron’s joyous return to the surface below.