# Maximum Operating Depth of a Jaeger

My sister was watching Pacific Rim the other day so as a fan of the movie I decided to join her. I've never really cared about the science of the movie because I've always taken it at face value. It wants to be about robots fighting monsters and it delivers. Good enough for me. This time however I came up with a somewhat more in depth (pun intended I suppose) question that I couldn't find a definitive answer for.

That question is: What is the maximum operational depth of a jaeger, or, how deep underwater can a jaeger be and still function properly?

At the end of the movie two jaegers submerge themselves in the ocean and travel all the way to the breach.

The Pacific Rim wiki states that the breach is located in the challenger deep. http://pacificrim.wikia.com/wiki/Breach

Wikipedia suggests that the challenger deep is well, really deep. Up to 35,814 feet deep. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenger_Deep

This seems incredibly deep for a giant robot to work against the water pressure and not get crushed. In light of this I was wondering if anyone had found any canonical info or had any solid theories about the maximum operating depth of a jaeger.

Thanks as always,

Alex

• Well, the crush depth for a Jaeger is clearly more than 35,000 feet. Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 22:13
• May I humbly suggest that you never watch this movie Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 22:33
• Ha! I've heard things about The Core, I know to never watch it seriously. Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 22:36
• I don't recall this being mentioned in the novelization. I'll check the art book tonight. It's got some tech specs that weren't mentioned elsewhere. Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 23:29
• @Richard is correct. More generally, Pacific Rim ignores what's physically plausible in favour of cool fights between aliens and giant robots. Crush depth is the least of the concerns for a jaeger engineer, better just to sit back and enjoy the ride. :-) Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 9:22