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 our known world.
To 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 a 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.