Friday, June 1, 2012
Demonstrating the Aquabubble
The Aquasphere, being modular, can be reassembled either as a spherical unit with two domes, or as an igloo shaped micro habitat with a flat 'floor' and three legs that support it up off the bottom. It can be operated either in ambient pressure mode, or (with a second air hose carrying exhaust back to the surface) as a true 1atm hab, with internal pressure identical to the surface. In sphere mode it's intended to be supplied air from a small scuba tank and carried along on dives, but with two tubes it's also a proper pressure vessel capable of being lowered, like a bathyscaphe, to depths of up to 100 feet. The only other habitat in the Hampture project that was capable of 1atm deep water deployment was the very first prototype. The aquabubble, being intended for portable use and for being carried along on scuba dives, is supplied heat not by electric resistance pads but instead by nontoxic "lil hottie" chemical handwarmers which provide warmth for around 3-5 hours.