Sounds from the deep

NOAA logoSeven miles deep, the ocean is still a noisy place. NOAA and partners bring back first recordings from deepest part of the world’s ocean. For what may be the first time, NOAA and partner scientists eavesdropped on the deepest part of the world’s ocean and instead of finding a sea of silence, discovered a cacophony of sounds both natural and caused by humans. More on NOAA.gov

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Undersea Station: Portholes

Update 19.03.2016: So far 8 contributions generating 4839 visits. Thanks to all previous and coming participants. Feel free to join the development.

window_thumIn 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.
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The Virtual Sky of Fraunhofer Institute

© Fraunhofer GesellschaftIn 2012 Fraunhofer Institute succeeded to build an electronic ceiling imitating a window to the sky. This might be a good technology for long stays at the Undersea Station.

Translation of the Fact Sheet: ‘Virtual Sky is a dynamic, multi-spectral light ceiling. The prototype in the laboratory of the Fraunhofer IAO covers an area of ​​34 m² and integrated a total of 34,560 LED with four different colours. Like this more than 16 million colours can be represented. They are grouped in a total of 240 (20×12) individually controllable squares (30 x 30 cm) that can be directed just like display pixels. Both temporally and spatially dynamic lighting is possible.

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Submarine Interior

Image Source: Von Bellona Foundation? - Bellona Foundation, Copyrighted free use, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5338641If you always wondered how the biggest ever built submarine, the russian Typhoon class  interior looks like you should have a look at livejournal.com. It has designed for a crew of 160 marines and has a length of more than 170m. The images were taken 2009 and show the whole interior including sauna, pool and gym.

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Storing energy at sea

© CalamarPark.comThe development and research project “StEnSEA” (Stored Energy in the Sea) is investigating the installation of large storage facilities on the sea floor, in combination with offshore wind farms. The physical principle on which the energy storage facility operates is similar to that of conventional pumped storage power plants, but based not on two reservoirs, but a hollow sphere. Read more on forschung-energiespeicher.info

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Neft Daşları

By Bruno Girin on Flickr - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9549521Neft Daşları is an industrial settlement in Baku, Azerbaijan. The settlement forms part of the municipality of Çilov-Neft Daşları in the Khazar raion. It lies 100 km (62 mi) away from the Azerbaijani capital Baku, and 55 km (34 mi) from the nearest shore in the Caspian Sea. A full town on the sea with up to 5000 inhabitants, it was the first oil platform in Azerbaijan, and the first operating offshore oil platform in the world, incorporating numerous drilling platforms. Read more on Wikipedia (english, deutsch, türkçe).

Image source: By Bruno Girin on Flickr – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9549521

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Project Undersea Station

station kugelThe Open source project Undersea Station started several years ago on our former platform UnderwaterPromotion.com. Many people gave us very precious ideas and we are very thankful for it. But we also saw that the format of a forum was not the ideal approach since too much text accumulated and kept many of the participants away from the project. Now Mart had the idea… Continue reading “Project Undersea Station”

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Chinese Underwater Station

lpg_tankOne of the reasons why the first generation of underwater stations came to an end in the 80’s was the conlusion that it is more effective to use decompression chambers on board of a support vessel instead of placing divers on the bottom of the sea. The oil industry just did not see any reason for undersea stations. Therefore it was surprising that China announced in 2012 that they planned to build an undersea mining station of 60 meters length Continue reading “Chinese Underwater Station”

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on air again

martinsubmarineAfter UnderwaterPromotion.com was fataly hacked we asked ourselves if we should use the opportunity to restart completely and get rid of the ‘Promotion’ that caused too much trouble in the net. So we came to ‘Calamar Park‘ with emphasis on investigation and development for a life under the sea. Well, let’s see where the rabbit hole goes.

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