Billionaire space explorer Sir Richard Branson is coming to Newport Beach next week to announce a new "challenge."
"The Virgin brand has reached many places — the seven continents of the Earth, up into the jet stream and soon, even into space," according to a news release. "There is only one frontier left ... "
Branson will give full details Tuesday. Branson has said before that he wants to explore the deepest parts of the world's oceans, and started Virgin Oceanic to complement the Virgin airlines brands and Virgin Galactic, the space tourism brand.
"Besides discovering new species, charting new trenches and finding treasure, we may even find the lost city of Atlantis," Branson said in a speech last year.
Another adventurer, Newport Beach businessman Chris Welsh, applied to bring a deep-sea submarine into the harbor earlier this year. It would sit atop a 125-foot catamaran.