Conshelf and BayLab on Wikipedia

Conshelf IIBy adding information about Conshelf IV and V the article on Wikipedia (german) concerning the whole series of Cousteaus Conshelf habitats is finally finished. It took a long time to gather all available data, but in the end the article deserves reading and provides plenty of valuable details for future endeavors. We tried to compensate the lack of free images by creating our own illustrations, which are free available on the media repository Wikimedia Commons under creative commons licence. We gladly assist anyone who is willing to translate the article to his language. Just drop a mail.

The same applies for the Wikipedia (german) article of Morgan Wells habitat BayLab, which is online as of now.

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Digital Library Updated

Digital Library(Update 02.03.2020 – added documents to Baylab, several video clips of other habitats) 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 of all times worldwide. For access contact Mart by mail.

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Undersea Station: Water Supply

Water Supply: Image by James Petts from London, England (Stream of water) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons(Updated 09.02.2020: link concerning average need of water for a human being updated) Event though our station is surrounded by water we can not use it for most of our needs. Therefore for some demands we have to establish a sweet water supply. The easiest way is to bring sweet water from the shore and to fill corresponding tanks. Well, what kind of water do we need? Continue reading “Undersea Station: Water Supply”

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Financing an undersea station

financing an undersea station

(Updated 15.12.2019; added new aspects for daily turnover) 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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If you google underwater habitat this is what you get

The moonpool of underwater habitat Hydrolab
Moonpool of Hydrolab

Google underwater base or underwater habitat and you will arrive on our fantastic page. Here you can learn many things that are related to the underwater world from underwater hotels to yellow submarine.

Surely one of the most complicated areas of an underwater habitat for human occupation is the underwater habitat entrance. It is the local water-air interface, vulnerable to changes in pressure by tidal movements on the surface of the sea. Its hatches have to bare potential pressure differences between the habitat interior and the surrounding water. No object that is only a little bigger than the greatest diameter of the entrance can be brought into the underwater habitat. It is constantly wet and humid and the only gateway for medical assistance. But to see in detail let’s have a look at the different sections of the underwater habitat entrance complex. Continue reading “If you google underwater habitat this is what you get”

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Habitat Entrance

The moonpool of habitat Hydrolab
Moonpool of Hydrolab

(Updated 06.07.2019; added access space details, feature list and first sketch) Surely one of the most complicated area of an underwater structure for human occupation is the habitat entrance. It is the local water-air interface, vulnerable to changes in pressure by tidal movements on the surface of the sea; its hatches have to bare potential pressure differences between the habitat interior and the surrounding water; no object that is only a little bigger than the greatest diameter of the entrance can be brought into the habitat. It is constantly wet and humid and the only gateway for medical assistance. But to see in detail let’s have a look at the different sections of the entrance complex. Continue reading “Habitat Entrance”

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General Requirements of Human Beings

To build an underwater habitat we have to know the measurements of human abilities, his limiting values and restrictions. In 2010 NASA published the Human Integration Design Handbook which gives answers to most of these questions. Though it is meant for space flight we can easily adapt most of it to an underwater application. The handbook is available as *.pdf on the server of our digital library. Contact Mart for access.

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