We run leading-edge human factor research.

Underwater. In a cave. 90 meters below surface.

Our vision

Aquanauta Center for Exploration aims to study the human factors relevant in space and underwater exploration. We intend to research and develop equipment, protocols, solutions and technologies integral in these extreme and unusual environments. By exploring the unknown, we intend to expand and better our known world. 

At this end, in our first project, we develop a series of 3-30 days long missions, where a team of cave divers or „aquanautas” will live isolated in an underground station that is connected to an extensive network of natural water-tunnel system. 

Low-fidelity space mission simulations do not mimic space exploration reliably and thus the data obtained from these simulations may be invalid too. Given our terrestrial opportunities, cave diving missions show high-fidelity to manned space exploration in terms of complexity as well as the risks involved, providing a suitable context to the scientific study of human factors.

Our vision

Aquanauta Center for Exploration aims to study the human factors relevant in space and underwater exploration. We intend to research and develop equipment, protocols, solutions and technologies integral in these extreme and unusual environments. By exploring the unknown, we intend to expand and better our known world. 

At this end, in our first project, we develop a series of 3-30 days long missions, where a team of cave divers or „aquanautas” will live isolated in an underground station that is connected to an extensive network of natural water-tunnel system. The images are an extract of our concept plan for the habitat connecting to the natural underwater caves.

Existing space mission simulations do not reliably mimic space exploration and thus the data obtained from these simulations may be invalid too. Given our terrestrial opportunities, cave diving missions show high fidelity to manned space exploration  in terms of complexity as well as the risks involved, providing a suitable context to the scientific study of human factors. With our current dive equipment available, it is possible to carry out even eight hour long dive hikes, similar in length of time to an actual spacewalk, with similar risks involved.

Concept plan image extracts

Research & development

 

We research human factors and develop equipment, protocols, solutions and technologies integral in space and underwater exploration to design systems in which humans can perform to the best of their abilities in presence of continuous extreme challenges. 

Long-duration space flight or operating a sustainable colony are both dependent on human factors. As of now, the industry has not offered enough attention to issues arising from the human factor. These include,

  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Extreme environments
  • Language and communication
  • Health and productivity
  • Human and system engineering
  • Training and development
  • Critical operation
  • Biomarkers

We predominantly focus on developing technological solutions that aid humans to explore, work and live in space and underwater. These include, for example:

  • Hydro science
  • Geology, seismology, spelology
  • Mining
  • Robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Habitat development and architecture
  • Diving
  • Sustainability, energy, agriculture
  • Biochemistry
  • Waste management
  • Information processing in remote locations

Are you interested?

Then join us. If you have a particular research idea in mind, or you are a research institute, company, or field expert, we would like to hear from you.

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Contact us

To learn more about our work, or to submit your proposals in relation to diving venues, partnership or research proposals contact us through the following form.