Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Monday, January 19, 2009

Link - Oldest and Newest Undersea Habitats

On Saturday evening an interesting link took place between the oldest and newest undersea habitats. We placed a telephone call from inside the New Worlds Explorer currently in construction in our Cocoa Florida facility, to the Marine Lab Habitat on the seafloor in Key Largo. The Marine Lab has been in service longer than any other undersea habitat – some 24 years in continuous operation.

We connected with the MarineLab Chief Aquanaut – and Atlantica Expeditions Crewmember, Chris Olstad. Chris was still busy working his task as the aquanaut who has logged the most hours undersea as a working aquanaut. There he was, at dusk, operating a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) using a new ‘heads up display’. We discussed his ventures in MarineLab while we also discussed the new habitat the NWE still in its construction phase.

It was a fascinating connection – the oldest and newest underwater facilities already linking up and making plans for the first underwater connection between the two facilities in the hopefully near future.