Guillermo Söhnlein, the co-founder of OceanGate, has proposed a new project following the tragic accident of the Titan submersible, which claimed the lives of five people due to an underwater implosion. Despite this setback, Söhnlein has launched the Humans2Venus Foundation with the ambitious plan of sending 1,000 people to live in the harsh sulfuric acid clouds of Venus by 2050.
As it stands, landing humans on Venus is impossible due to its extreme conditions. The best chance we have is setting up residence in its formidable atmosphere. Despite the challenges, Söhnlein remains hopeful of realizing his Venus dream.
It is important to note that more than 40 spacecraft have been launched for Venus, starting with NASA’s Mariner 2 in 1962. These missions revealed Venus as a “runaway global hothouse.” With an extreme heat and crushing air pressure 90 times that of Earth, no spacecraft has survived on Venus’s surface for more than two hours. This record was set by the Soviet Union’s Venera 13 probe in 1981.
Northeastern University’s mechanical engineer, Belen Ou, describes Venus as her vision of Hell. She is currently developing a drone that could potentially touch the planet’s surface.
NASA, too, is cautious about the prospect of a Venus touchdown and plans to conduct the 2031 DAVINCI mission in hopes of retrieving a few minutes of surface data.
Söhnlein, who is not an engineer or scientist, is passionate about realizing his dream of housing 1,000 humans in Venus’s sulfuric acid clouds. He is particularly fascinated by Venus’s gravity, which is comparable to Earth’s. Söhnlein maintains optimism that obstacles such as radiation, temperature, pressure, food, water, and breathable air can be overcome.