How much do we know about our ocean floor? It is surprising to note that currently, we know more about Mars than we know about our deep seas on Earth. More than 90% of our oceans are unmapped and unexplored.
To understand our deep seas better, renowned ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau is working on PROTEUS – the world’s most advanced underwater scientific research station. Along with Swiss designer Yves Béhar, he has envisaged and created the design for this underwater laboratory.
Let’s know more about PROTEUS –
- Fabien aims to make PROTEUS an underwater version of the International Space Station (ISS).
- PROTEUS will be situated in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of the island of Curacao (which is part of the Netherlands).
- PROTEUS will be a 4,000-square-foot, two-storey lab. The lab will be attached to the ocean floor with the help of legs designed to adapt to underwater conditions.
- It can have up to twelve people for up to 31 days at a time. It will be fully powered by wind, solar and thermal energy. The lab will have the latest technology for research, WiFi, and even a studio for scientists to make videos on their findings.
- PROTEUS will also have the world’s first underwater greenhouse, where fresh food can be grown.
Fabien says that the design is ready and will take three years to be installed.