One of the planned trips aims for a depth of 35,856 feet, using the deep-water exploration facility the Hadal Exploration System.
One other mission has traveled to the bottom of the Sirena Deep in the Mariana Trench; Connor’s dive will be the second, his company said.
“I’m honored to be among that group,” Connor said in Wednesday’s announcement. “More importantly, I’m thrilled to be part of this expedition and have the opportunity to conduct valuable scientific research.”
If Connor’s name is familiar, there may be good reasons. Just in January, Axiom Space, a private aerospace company based in Houston, announced on “Good Morning America” that Connor will be a pilot for a four-man, multi-national crew set to launch next January from Cape Canaveral, Florida to the International Space Station.
There may be another reason: Connor leads Miami Twp.-based Connor Group, a company focused on finding apartment properties nationwide that company leaders believe are poised for future appreciation and ripe for investment. They acquire the properties, focusing on improvements, then sell them when the time is right.
Founded in 1992, the company today has $3.3 billion in assets.
The deep sea missions will be piloted by Patrick Lahey, chief executive and owner of Florida’s Triton Submarines. Expedition leader Rob McCallum is the primary mission planner.
“Connor’s mission will be a first in some respects,” McCallum said in the Connor Group’s announcement “He will be the first to travel to the depths of both the Challenger and Sirena Deeps and then travel to the International Space Station.”
During both dives, the goal is to gather scientific samples and survey the depths of the ocean.