• Introduction


  • The Challenger Glider Mission

    The Challenger Glider Mission

  • The Science

    The Science

  • Education and Collaboration

    Education and Collaboration

  • The Challenger Glider Approach

    The Challenger Glider Approach

  • The Technology

    The Technology

1004476 296295627180855 985571608 nWe live on a finite planet with 7 billion people. Despite the tremendous progress of human civilization, nearly 800 million people still lack access to clean water, more than 1 billion are undernourished, and over 1.4 billion live without electricity. By 2050, the human population will grow by another 2 billion, with expansion concentrated in less developed countries and crowded megacities along vulnerable coasts and waterways. With these new constraints, the global community will increasingly look to the sea for sustainable and resilient solutions to meet the growing demand for water, food and energy.

The ocean covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and contains 97 percent of the planet’s water. It produces half of the oxygen we breathe, and controls the Earth’s water cycle, including the rains that support food crops. It stores and transports the heat that controls weather and regulates climate. It is the greenest pathway for global commerce, and it is an effective barrier for security and defense, structuring geopolitical boundaries throughout human history. And yet, 95 percent of this vast frontier remains unexplored...

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