(update 24.05.2020: new article, split from former article about general financing; under progress!) 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”
(Updated 16.05.2020; split article into initial and operational financing, added Ithaa as example for tourism) 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”
(Updated 15.05.2020 – Added noise recognition to Concept Map, improved article structure etc.) 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”
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.
(Updated 16.03.2020: added mast, camera, number of devices and additional data line) 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”
By 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.
(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.
(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”
(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”