Fabian Cousteau Building Underwater Space Station Off Curaçao
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Concept design of the PROTEUS research station.
Something akin to the International Space Station is coming to Curaçao.
The design, called PROTEUS, is straight out of an Isaac Asimov sci-fi novel. The project will build a spaceship-like ocean research facility off the coast of the Caribbean island at a depth of 60 feet.
Spearheaded by ocean conservationist and explorer Fabien Cousteau (the grandson legendary French explorer Jacques Cousteau), PROTEUS is billed as "the world’s most advanced scientific research station and habitat."
Designed with sleeping quarters, labs and even a “moon pool", it will be four times bigger than any previous underwater habitat. Powered by hybrid energy sources including wind, solar and thermal, PROTEUS will also have the world’s first-ever underwater greenhouse.
“As our life support system, the Ocean is indispensable to solving the planet’s biggest problems. Challenges created by climate change, rising sea levels, extreme storms and viruses represent a multi-trillion-dollar risk to the global economy,” Cousteau said.
"PROTEUS, contemplated as the first in a network of underwater habitats, is essential to driving meaningful solutions that protect the future of our planet. The knowledge that will be uncovered underwater will forever change the way generations of humans live up above.”
Curaçao’s Minister of Economic Development, Steven Martina, said the destination is "delighted" to be home to PROTEUS.
“Our incredible Caribbean sea holds immense riches yet to be fully discovered. The economic potential of having the first underwater space station located in Curaçao’s waters is enormous, from job creation to tourism," he said.
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