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Phil Nuytten

“If you think about it, the space between the highest mountain peak which is seven miles high and our lowest point in the ocean which is about seven miles deep… that’s just 14 miles of space in which all life, our lives, can exist. Our naked bodies cannot survive outside this small zone on the planet, which actually appears like a smooth ball with a few stains on it from outer space. So why build these suits? Why go so deep? Well, if we are not going to go there, why build the suits? There’s no point. The reason why we make these suits is to eventually be able to go to the places we cannot reach today.
Phil Nuytten
Published in X-Ray Issue: 09 - Feb 2006
Authored by: Peter Symes | Photography: Gunild Symes | Translation:
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“Some say we should just send robots and submarine robots to these extreme depths. But if we are not eventually going there ourselves, why bother at all? The point is that we are going to go there eventually, like we are going to go to the moon or to Mars. We are eventually going to be there, and these suits and technologies are going to go with us and help us get there.”

So says Dr Phil Nuytten, inventor of sub sea submersibles and the NewtSuit, a deep-sea hard suit employing break through technology that allow scientists to walk the bottom of the ocean in one-bar atmosphere with a freedom and range of movement unsurpassed by other devices. With over 40 years devoted to sub sea technology, Phil is fulfilling his goal to provide scientific, military, technical and sport divers unlimited access to continental shelf depths without decompression hazards. In this way, he hopes humanity can explore, investigate and ultimately become better guardians of our oceans.

When rays meet newts
X-RAY MAG visited Phil at his workshop in Vancouver and received a tour of the facility and his inventions by the man himself. Famous rigs that have done incredible
things are lying around the place like lounge lizards….
rigs such as the micro-submersible Deep Worker, the revolutionary deep-diving system that transports scientists from National Geographic programs and deep sea explorer, Dr Sylvia Earle, for her Sustainable Seas programs, to the bottom of the sea to investigate environmental impact in the deep ocean. The unit has been affectionately tagged the “underwater sports car” and was used in a contract to recover the Space Shuttle booster rockets for NASA from the sea floor.

Then there were Deep Rover, Deep Flyer, Aquarius, Sea Otter and the revolutionary Exosuit, which stood in the front office welcoming us to the fantastic world of all things Nuytten. Exosuit, introduced by Nuytco in 2000, is a radical concept in lightweight atmospheric dive suits. The team is now investigating whether it can serve as submarine escape device for the Canadian Department of National Defence.

What was the most interesting part of the conversation with Phil was what he said about the fragility of the human body, which can only exist in the small slice of the biosphere, and how we need all these prosthesis, such as airplanes and underground tunnels, to exist in other areas.

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