Aquarius is a three-part system:
Life Support Bouy
82-ton underwater laboratory which houses living and work space for 6 person crew.
120-ton stable platform on which Aquarius is mounted.
Approximately 400 square feet of laboratory and living space is available for operations and science. The fully equipped underwater laboratory consists of several components.
The habitat itself is a 43 x 20 x 16.5 foot diameter steel cylinder divided into three compartments, each serving a specific function:
- Wet Porch - the seawater interface and main point of entry
- Two pressure locks known as the Entry Lock and Main Lock, sized at 500 and 1400 cubic feet, respectively
- Equipped with wireless internet, cellular telephones, video conferencing equipment and VHF radio
The air-conditioned vessel features:
- Six bunks
- Freshwater shower
- Instant hot water
- Microwave and refrigerator
By the Numbers
Aquarius can be used in a variety of capacities depending on project requirements.
No matter how the lab is used, continual power and telecommunications capabilities make Aquarius an ideal platform for research projects, advanced sensor development, long-term monitoring of coastal oceans and coral reefs and education and outreach. Web cameras operate during missions with cameras inside and outside Aquarius. Live broadcasts (webcasts and special videoconferencing opportunities) are frequently conducted that involve schools, museums, and aquariums across the country.