Stowage & Inventory Management

This section discusses design considerations for the layout and design of stowage systems inside an underwater habitat. It also provides the characteristics of a successful onboard inventory management system design. Such a system can track the quantity, location, and status (e.g., remaining useful life) of inventory items. The inventory management function is one of the primary elements of onboard information management. Continue reading “Stowage & Inventory Management”

Mooring

A Scour Hole (image from Wikimedia Commons, licence USGS / Public domain)

This chapter collects information on mooring of an underwater station, potential difficulties and solutions. Continue reading “Mooring”

Nutrition

For long-term stays in an underwater station, a plan for ideal nutrition is required, which takes into account the special circumstances such as increased-pressure environments and reduced sunlight. This section will discuss the specific requirements and the resulting dietary recommendations, which include environmental considerations (avoidance of waste…), safety precautions (avoidance of contamination of the habitat atmosphere…) and alternative sources of supply (own production, finished products…). Some considerations will require a certain design of the corresponding habitat sections. Continue reading “Nutrition”

Undersea Station: Portholes

(Update 15.07.2020: complete makeover of the article; replaced outdated information; added new aspects from different sources like NASA’s Human Integration Handbook, 2010)

Windows are essential and present the most important reason to operate an underwater habitat. They are necessary for operation, safety and marketing. Continue reading “Undersea Station: Portholes”

Interior Lighting

(Updated 01.06.2020: complete edit of the article) Lighting in the main habitat will consist of different modes: standby, activity, emergency and disinfection. This section should explain the ideal system of lighting inside the underwater habitat. Continue reading “Interior Lighting”

Undersea Station: Operational Financing

(update 31.05.2020: integrated article ‘event plan’; adding section ‘science (general)’, entertainment, space agencies; extended ad section; article under progress!)

IMPORTANT NOTE: This article is similar but not identical to Initial Financing. For information on the other matter please visit the corresponding article.

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, bringing the whole facility under risk. It took until January 2013 when a proposal to keep Aquarius running under Florida International University administration was accepted. What can we learn for future habitats and what could we do then to avoid sooner or later close-downs by lacks of financing? Continue reading “Undersea Station: Operational Financing”

Undersea Station: Initial Financing

(Updated 30.08.2020; added section Research on Medicals from the Marine Environment)

IMPORTANT NOTE: This article is similar but not identical to Operational Financing. For information on the other matter please visit the corresponding article.

In the past years we have seen that it is very difficult to attract investors for the initial building of even a small habitat. In the beginning we concentrated on scientific institutions who always were very interested, but not able to lift the initial costs. Before we start to calculate the initial costs we should define the sectors of potential application, rethink the habitat design to cover the demands of as many of these sectors and then refine the initial costs. Continue reading “Undersea Station: Initial Financing”

Rob Bryan joins CalamarPark

We are happy to announce that Rob Bryan has joined our team as technical and business advisor.

Rob worked for the US habitat ‘Aquarius’ and has extensive experience as a saturation technician in the commercial diving industry. He has rebuilt 8-man saturation systems, several bell bounce systems and a larger number of deck decompression chambers. He is highly experienced in all phases of marine tourism, and is the  founder of “Blue Heart of the Planet”, a public benefit corp for ocean conservation/restoration and sustainability.

He holds Master Degrees in Business (MBA) and Project Management (MPM) as well as a Bachelor in Technical Management (BSTM). He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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.