Saturation diving gives aquanauts 10 times more bottom time than what traditional divers have to conduct studies and training operations. Continual power and telecommunications capabilities make Aquarius an ideal platform for advanced sensor development and long-term monitoring of coastal oceans and coral reefs.
Visiting Aquarius for up to an hour is possible using standard scuba diving protocols. For projects and events requiring more time in the habitat – hours to overnight stays – but with limited time outside, Aquarius offers 1-Atmosphere Operations, which can accommodate up to six certified divers.
Full saturation missions are available for education institutions, research programs, government agencies and private industry. Standard saturation missions range from three to 10 days after a multiday training program. Longer missions are possible.
Marine Ecosystem Science and Long-Term Monitoring
Aquarius provides scientists with the opportunity to conduct crucial research covering a variety of areas including water quality, coral reef biology, ecology and physiology, long-term ocean monitoring, restoration science, ocean acidification, and global climate change.
Undersea Equipment Testing
Aquarius provides extended presence in a real underwater environment, which exceeds the capabilities of no-decompression scuba diving or most ship-based facilities for equipment testing. In this capacity, Aquarius can evaluate the latest technologies in ocean observing, forecasting and modeling, reef monitoring, and extreme environment equipment.
Training and Procedure Development
Through partnerships with NASA, the United States Navy, and others, Aquarius serves as a space analog, training platform, and remote telemedicine testing facility. Studies include human physiological responses to extreme environments, spacewalk and lunar excursion procedures. Robotic geological sample retrieval and remote tele-robotic surgical procedures have also been tested during Aquarius saturation missions.