Press release from Atomos
Atomos, the creator of the award-winning Ninja and Samurai field recorders, announce that Deepsea Challenger is equipped with Atomos Samurai's. This ground breaking submersible takes James Cameron to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world's oceans located in the western Pacific Ocean.
National Geographic confirmed on Monday, March 26, 2012 (local time) that James Cameron had arrived at the Mariana Trench, the deepest point of all of the Earth's oceans. Cameron's distinctive lime-green submarine – Deepsea Challenger – was kitted out with no less than 30 Atomos Samurai field recorders.
DEEPSEA CHALLENGE is a joint scientific expedition by James Cameron, National Geographic and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research and exploration. Cameron is now the only individual ever to complete the dive in a single-manned vehicle and the first since 1960 to reach the bottom of the world in a manned submersible.
Cameron – best known for creating fictional worlds on film (Avatar, Titanic, The Abyss) spent about three hours at the deepest point in the Mariana Trench, Challenger Deep, some 200 miles (322 km) southwest of Guam, photographing and attempting to collect samples from the deep for research.
"James needed to control all the recording and playback functions in a very confined space in the submersible," said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. "So we specially modified our operating system, AtomOS, so that all Samurai functions could be initiated simultaneously from one computer."
The Samurai was chosen because it is both compact and rugged – key attributes for recording 11km below sea level . And because of Atomos' Continuous Power Technology the Samurais could be powered indefinitely and still have back-up battery power.
More about the Dive www.deepseachallenge.com
First video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX8cTtOEEyI&feature=player_embedded
More about Atomos Samurai www.atomos.com/samurai