(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”
Developed 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.
Guest 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”
Wir 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)
Der Wikipedia-Artikel über das Unterwasser-Restaurant Ithaa auf den Malediven ist abgeschlossen und online. Hier geht’s zum Artikel.
(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):
The 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.
Solar power and an undersea habitat does not seem to fit each other. But in 2012 I had the idea of a device that opens its harvesters only if the conditions are appropriate just like a hibiscus blossom at dawn. I called it a Solar Lily. Continue reading “Solar Lily to power undersea station”
How 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”
Updated 06.03.2017 – The Digital Data Processing of the station will be of major importance. Beside the conventional functions of the IT systems we should use the opportunity to establish a completely new approach concerning the User Interface (UI) and the system’s interaction with the aquanauts. Continue reading “Undersea Station: Data Processing”
The FlyDive is a transportation system for divers and a brainchild of Christoph Schindler. The Propulsion for this device is generated by pressurized air moving a pair of flexible wings imitating the body of a ray. Continue reading “FlyDive by Schindler Design”
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In terms of marketing the portholes provide probably the most important component of the system. They are fundamental reason for potential visitors to reserve a short or long stay in the system, tool for observing the outside world (during stays for educational purposes) and attraction to a look from the outside into the inside (tourism marketing).
At the same time they are one of the weak points of the system and small irregularities between the seals could lead to the collapse of the structure. Therefore, the thickness of the glass should be designed according to highest possible load. Continue reading “Undersea Station: Portholes”
Here 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”
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.
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.