India is building a submersible to take a three-member crew on a manned ocean exploration mission – India’s first. The spherical vessel is being built by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai.
Here are five points on Matsya 6000:
According to a release posted on Press Information Bureau (PIB) website, the vessel has an endurance of 12 hours under normal operation and 96 hours in case of emergency for human safety. The design of the vehicle is completed and realisation of various components of the vehicle is in progress.
It will be deployed in exploring mineral resources rich in Nickel, Cobalt, Rare Earths, Manganese and collection of samples, which can be used for analysis.
Matsya 6000 will also be used to promote tourism and ocean literacy.
Union minister Kiren Rijiju shared a video on X (formerly Twitter) that showed him sitting inside the vessel and learning about how it works.
In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha earlier this year, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences, Dr Jitendra Singh, had said that the mission is expected to be realised by year 2026.
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