Wireless Sensor Network (WSN)

Control Panel in UWL HelgolandSeveral years ago Benjamin proposed a system of sensors inside the habitat measuring all necessary parameters like oxygen, carbon dioxide etc. and communicating among each other. Last days we talked about it again and found out, that it would still be a good solution. So we decided to publish it here again. Below you find the original thread, translated from German: Continue reading “Wireless Sensor Network (WSN)”

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Financing an undersea station

financing an undersea station

(Updated 07.06.2017; added crowdfunding, daily turnover by educational institutions and underwater archaeology) The most professional underwater habitat so far is still the Aquarius habitat in Florida. This quality comes to a certain price of $1.2 to $3 million per year. Due to budget cuts, NOAA ceased funding Aquarius habitat after September 2012, with no further missions scheduled after a July 2012 mission. It was a very exciting period having the facility on risk. It took until January 2013 when a proposal to keep Aquarius running under Florida International University administration was accepted. What could we do in future projects to avoid sooner or later close-downs by lacks of financing? Continue reading “Financing an undersea station”

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Breathing Gas Processing: Overview

Breathing Gas ProcessingUpdated 05.06.2017 (added reasons for not storing tanks inside the habitat)

Living in an underwater habitat requires gas treatment; an input of oxygen and the disposal of carbon dioxide and pollutants. Industrial divers live in a pressure complex on a support vessel and all air treating is done outside the habitat on the vessel. It seems there are not too many references of air being treated inside an underwater habitat. If we are mistaken do not hesitate to comment this article accordingly.

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The Exosuit

exosuitDeveloped and built in North Vancouver by Nuytco Research Ltd, this hard metal dive suit allows divers to operate safely down to a depth of 1000 feet and yet still have exceptional dexterity and flexibility to perform delicate work. The amazing technology of the EXOSUIT atmospheric diving system (ADS) maintains a cabin pressure of the surface and still allows the suit to bend due to a unique rotary joint invented by Phil Nuytten. Get details on Nuytco.com.

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Guest Article: Cheapest Habitat

Cheapest HabitatGuest Article from user Mike:

While talking with Mart about the funding of a simple underwater habitat for a first proof-of-concept, I wondered what would be the cheapest way to bring a subsea station in operation. In other words, what is the rock-bottom price for a simple solution that would allow at least two divers to spend a couple of days below the water surface? Continue reading “Guest Article: Cheapest Habitat”

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‘Jules Undersea Lodge’ auf Wikipedia

Jules Undersea LodgeWir haben den Artikel über das Unterwasserhotel ‘Jules Undersea Lodge‘, das ehemalige Unterwasserlabor ‘La Chalupa‘, auf der deutschsprachigen Wikipedia mit allen verfügbaren Informationen ergänzt.Er ist ab sofort hier abrufbar.

The English article for Jules Undersea Lodge (former La Chalupa Undersea Laboratory) is accessible from here.

Image source: Gemeinfrei, Wikimedia (https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3546977)

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Undersea Station: Biocoil

Lloyd Godson and the Biocoil(Updated 04 April, 2017) In our undersea station one of the ways to absorb Carbon dioxide from the air and to produce oxygen instead might be beside classic scrubbers the Biocoil reactor that was first introduced by a science class of Cascade High School in the US. It looks like a quiet simple system based on Chlorella algae and it was used in Lloyd Godson’s ‘BioSub’ project in 2007.

The Biocoil and BioSUB Projects on ABC’s Behind The News (BTN):

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Digital Library Updated

Digital LibraryThe Calamar Park Digital Library is updated. There you will find all kind of relevant images, articles, manuals and reports about underwater stations and related subjects. For access contact Mart by mail.

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Augmented Reality Underwater

Augmented Reality Underwater by Hololens in Neemo 21How helpful would it be to have Augmented Reality underwater in a closed environment like an Undersea Station? NASA experimented with Augmented Reality (AR) or Mixed Reality (MR) by using Microsofts HoloLens at the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Key Largo, Florida, in late July/August 2015. Potential astronauts used the device for tasks like checking emergency breathing equipment. Therefore they were going through a series of steps ranging from turning valves to finding and plugging in equipment, and setting up equipment to support an undersea robot. Continue reading “Augmented Reality Underwater”

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Underwater Station: Virtual Porthole

Virtual Porthole inside the Underwater StationHere is an idea for a porthole where the structure of the underwater station does not allow to install one. For example on the ceiling, where penetrations of the shell should be strictly avoided in order to maintain the integrity of the emergency safety area in the upper part of the living area. The Virtual Porthole would consist of a camera on the exterior of the shell and a TV flat screen on same position inside the habitat. Continue reading “Underwater Station: Virtual Porthole”

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Undersea Station Dietary: Mana

To provide food to the Aquanauts might be more difficult than thought concerning changing weather, water/pressureproof transportation, as well as emerging odours and chemical compounds inside the habitats atmosphere.  A complete or partial solution could be a meal replacement like Mana. MANA is a balanced food providing all nutrients the human body needs. It comes in the form of drink or powder being produced in Prague. Learn more on their webpage.

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We would like to thank all of you for the numerous suggestions, ideas and contributions so far. There are very useful hints and clues among them and we will go on to implement them to the separate chapters and publish them on this website as they come in. Beside we continue holding talks to representatives of various sectors, trying to find out who could have practical use of an undersea station or even invest on them. All of these conversations are positive.  Literally all of them regard the idea as stunning, useful and innovative.

However, beside all moral support every project needs to be financed. Therefore, we are still looking for supporters who help us…

  • with small financial amounts to keep the project alive,
  • with equipment or single components (for example for the urgently needed computer system capable of 3D rendering),
  • with higher financial amounts for construction of the first stage

If you would like to become part in a new step of undersea living do not hesitate to contact us. Every support is welcome.

 

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