China's deep-sea manned submersible "Fendouzhe," which means "striver" in Chinese, descended over 10,000 meters in the Mariana Trench on Tuesday, setting new diving record.
"Fendouzhe" is the world's deepest-diving manned submersible, capable of carrying up to three passengers to conduct scientific research in the deep sea. The instrument is electrically powered and can operate for around 10 hours underwater.
Almost all the vehicle's technologies and instruments were developed by Chinese researchers, according to the China Ship Scientific Research Center.
In June 2012, China's first deep-sea manned submersible, named after the mythical sea dragon Jiaolong, set China's previous diving record by plunging 7,062 meters down the Mariana Trench.
Shenhai Yongshi ("deep-sea warrior"), China's second deep-sea manned submersible, is able to dive to a depth of 4,500 meters.
(With inputs from China Daily)