The Life Support Buoy (LSB) is a 10-meter diameter buoy maintained above Aquarius. The LSB includes a communication tower and over 70-square meters of inside workspace. Inside are two diesel-powered 40 kW generators, two 18.7 cfm air compressors, VHF radios, a cell phone, and a microwave broadcasting system. The LSB is linked to Aquarius by a three-inch diameter 42-meter umbilical, comprised of hoses that supply air from the compressors and oxygen from storage flasks, power lines from the generators, and data and communications cables. The microwave telemetry system provides reliable audio, video, and data transmission between Aquarius and shore. During Aquarius missions, sensors can utilize existing generator power provided by LSB. When Aquarius is offline, sensors may be powered, depending upon demand, by the existing solar panels. The LSB can accommodate an alternate power supply (e.g., small diesel generator, additional solar panels or other) provided by the PI.
During Mission-31, we provided a walk through at the Life Support Buoy.
Conch Reef Fly-Through
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