Ocean Space Habitat

Project Description

A series of deep scientific exploration dives in 2010 to more than 400 feet of depth resulted in very real human physiological limits being reached. Just minutes of productive working time at depth resulted in several hours of decompression. Decompression is typically carried out by literally ‘hanging on line’ and can be uncomfortable – and unproductive. At the same time, technology had reached its limits. Today’s closed-circuit rebreathers allow for 4-6 hours of life support. Most deep technical dives are carried out within this period where both work and decompression do not exceed this allotment.

By augmenting this with a portable habitat – literally a small void of space for the divers to remove themselves from the water – the 4-6 hour allotment can be spent doing work, with the very long decompression being conducted within the habitat. While saturation diving and permanent undersea habitat technology and techniques are well established, the portability of our Ocean Space Habitat concept puts near-saturation level excursions at our fingertips in a very cost-effective way.

Our patented Ocean Space Habitat technology vastly extends the range of technical diving, and resulting scientific discoveries.

Our Contributions…

IP (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights)

Burleson,WS, and Lombardi, MR. Portable Inflatable Habitat With Modular Payload, System and Method. US Patent # US 10,155,573 B2. Issued December 18,2018.

Ocean Space Habitat, servicemark filed with USPTO Class Code 042

White Papers

Piispanen, RA., Lombardi, MR., and Burleson, W. (2016). Variable Depth Capability for Portable Inflatable Habitats. In Lobel, LK., & Lombardi, MR. (editors) (2016) Diving for Science 2016: Proceedings of the AAUS 35th Scientific Symposium, September 20-14, 2016, Narragansett, RI. Dauphin Island, AL: American Academy of Underwater Sciences. ISBN 978-0-9962343-1-3. Pp. 144-150.

Lombardi, MR. (2015) Micro- and mini- habitats for enhanced efficacy of underwater sample acquisition and processing. International Conference for Undersea Science, Technology, and Education (ICUSTE) 2015. City University of Hong Kong.

Lombardi, MR., Burleson, W., Godfrey, J., and Fryburg, R. (2013). An Experimental Deployment of a Portable Inflatable Habitat in Open Water to Augment Lengthy In-Water Decompression by Scientific Divers. Marine Technology Society Journal: Diving Technologies & Techniques for the 21st Century. Volume 47, Number 6. November/December 2013. Pp 52-63.