A year in the life of Blue Abyss
As we close on 2016, we would like to reflect on our journey, look ahead to the future and thank the very many supportive individuals and organisations that have accompanied us along the way.
We’ve achieved an enormous amount in a relatively short time, and we are now close to progressing to Phase 2 of development. From the seed of an idea two years ago, Blue Abyss is bigger and better than we ever imagined. And so will be its value and contribution to the advancement of exploration. Innovation takes time, patience and careful consideration. As internet entrepreneur, Jason Calacais explains,
You have to have a big vision and take very small steps to get there. You have to be humble as you execute but visionary and gigantic in terms of your aspiration."
The support we’ve garnered along the way has been outstanding. From local government and cabinet ministers, space agencies and subsea organisations, to recreational diving companies. We have demonstrated a huge level of interest across multiple existing and emerging markets globally.
We’ve been very fortunate in getting support from industry and government agencies including the European Space Agency, and even NASA, and that has been a huge boost for us. It’s given me a personal sense of achievement, and every day I wake up, I’m enthusiastic about working on this opportunity,” says John Vickers, Founder and Managing Director, Blue Abyss.
Don't just take our word for it, read excerpts from some of the letters of support that we have received.
There’s nothing quite like Blue Abyss in existence. But that’s what makes it special, ‘a real jewel in the crown for our country’ according to Rt Hon Priti Patel, Secretary of State for International Development.
So what’s next?
Finalisation of our current funding plans will enable the feasibility study to be developed into the full planning application. This includes hiring additional professionals to facilitate the work, and covering costs to support the business in its current form.
As soon as we have the necessary planning permissions in place, we will begin breaking ground. The build is estimated to take 18 months. During this time, we will be continuing to develop relationships with key partners and users to ensure operational excellence and secure future custom. We will also be busy staffing and equipping the centre to the highest possible standards.
We continue to ‘Fly High, Dive Deep’. By this time next year we will be well on the way to completing Europe’s premier extreme environment training, research and development centre.
The journey is rich in its challenge, but perseverance and confidence is the key, and we have no end of drive and enthusiasm to make Blue Abyss a reality. The team has worked tirelessly and we are very grateful and flattered by all the support we have and will continue to receive. Thank you.
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CELEBRATING OUR 2016 MILESTONES
Management team established
Consisting of professionals from key disciplines including finance, marketing, facilities management, project management and experts in commercial diving, underwater robotics, Space exploration and human life science. The team also incorporates a network of high-profile consultants.
Web page: The people behind Blue Abyss
Related post: Former NASA Astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski joins Blue Abyss
Consultation programme initiated
The team has been busy consulting with key players in targeted market sectors to ensure that Blue Abyss is relevant and market leading. We have enjoyed significant engagement with energy sector organisations such as Bibby and Shell and Space agencies such as NASA, ESA, the UK Space Agency and more recently with Roscosmos.
Former cosmonaut leads discussions with Roscosmos
Talks with NASA shore up operational plans
Consultation with offshore energy industry gets underway
Two entrepreneurs, one winning combination
‘Academic Partnership' planning
SeaSpace Research Ltd, an affiliate of Blue Abyss, has engaged with academics from leading universities to help shape future R&D capabilities to ensure that Blue Abyss meets and exceeds their needs.
Build team engaged
We have been very lucky to secure the country’s most respected engineering and construction organisations. Our team includes quantity surveyors Gardiner & Theobald; project managers 3PM; civil engineers Pell Frischmann; and mechanical and electrical engineers Hoare Lea.
New brand image launched
Marking another milestone in the evolution of Blue Abyss, we were proud to unveil our new brand image including the launch of our redeveloped website. Our high-quality brand image is innovative, bold and passionate, signifying our values and beliefs.
Related post: Brand makeover makes a big splash
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