“It was probably in 7th or 8th grade; I didn’t quite catch the teacher’s question to all of us, but it was probably about what would happen if the fishery went on as before. I only regained consciousness from my daydreams when I was called upon to answer the question. I hesitated and said, that at some point there might be no more fish, the sea would be almost completely fished out. The class burst out laughing and the teacher, clearly amused, reassured me, that could take a while. Continue reading “Escape to the Seafloor”
After collecting more than 140 proposals for habitability from several different sources like astronauts, space analog missions, aquanauts, hydrophilic design and our own simulations, we are probably able to implement 136 of them into our ‘Hangar II’ design. It is unlikely that this number decreases with more detailed planning. All proposals received a registration number to be tracked in the planning process with their sources and remarks.
Happy to announce that CalamarPark is now a branch of Cabrito Consulting in Germany. Thus we finally have the legal infrastructure to join partnerships and apply for funding to various sources. This step has been requested several times to start any cooperation and we are now able to respond those calls.
The recording of the “Seafloor Habitat 2.0 – Ignition Con” is edited and online, belated endorsed as an activity of the United Nations Ocean Decade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhfShKtI66A
“Now you think, that by the very nature, by definition the bottom of the ocean and outer space must be as far apart as they can possibly be, and yet the fact is, that the commonality of the equipment we use and the problems, that we face are almost identical.” Dr. Phil Nuytten, TEDx West Vancouver, 2016.
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(10.06.2021) Happy about the agreement with Peter Weiss and Spartan Space to develop a mobile habitat for interdisciplinary applications as part of the Mediterranean Undersea Research Station. Emphasis will be on compatibility with future modules.
For several years Peter was member of the executive board of COMEX, manager of R&D and industrial projects in the field of space technology, subsea engineering & robotics and marine renewables, leader of the Diving Support team at the European Astronaut Centre EAC. His new company Spartan Space concentrates on manned habitats for space and underwater applications.
image: Hydrolab’s wet porch (OAR/National Undersea Research Program (NURP), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
(updated 12.04.2021) We have initial funding for the next development phase of the CalamarPark underwater habitat. Thank you Frank Scharmann, CEO of Cabrito Consulting and welcome to the team.
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(Updated 15.01.2021 – complete re-edit of post; updated concept map) 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. (click here for the pdf-Version of this chapter) Continue reading “Undersea Station: Data Processing”
Is there a way to grow kitchen plants inside an underwater habitat? Can we build cubicle cells for that purpose or should we use off-the-shelf products like Plantcube, an indoor greenhouse?
(Updated 29.11.2020; re-edit of the hatches chapter) 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”