December 7, 2011

National Geographic documentary featuring The Seasteading Institute

Last week, National Geographic invited The Seasteading Institute to Galveston, Texas to shoot a documentary aboard a dry-docked oil rig. It will be a segment in a six-part series on the oceans. Director of Engineering George Petrie and Board of Engineering Advisor Greg Castleman spoke about how an oil rig could be refurbished as a residential and business seastead, and Senior Director Randy Hencken and I talked about the need to provide a new frontier for governments and a new space for innovation. The show is hosted by famed marine archeologist Robert Ballard (discoverer of the wrecks of the Titanic, the Bismarck and the Yorktown – check out his TED talk). As he points out, we have better maps of Mars than we do of the bottom of the ocean. He shared with us his vision of how to start long-term habitation on the oceans, starting with single-family aquaculture seasteads, perhaps farming with the techniques pioneered by the Valella Project in structures similar to the RP FLIP. The documentary will be broadcast next year.