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Thursday, April 05, 2007

I'm Pretty Sure Aussie Submariners Have Already Done This

Check out this story about an Australian who proposes to live underwater for two whole weeks:
Godson will spend two weeks inside the nine cubic metre box on the bottom of a lake near Albury, on the Victoria and New South Wales state border.
Removing carbon dioxide from the cell's atmosphere and producing oxygen from algae will be the most difficult elements of the experiment, during which Godson will also undergo psychological and physical testing.
"We've got some gas monitors and back-up air supplies to make sure that the air quality stays at a high standard," he said...
... Godson is not the first to carry out such a feat, as similar experiments were carried out by NASA bio-engineers in the 1990s.
Actually, several thousand submariners have also carried out similar experiments through the years. To be fair, though, while I do suppose that Collins-class boats are a little bigger than 9 cubic meters, you've got to fit a lot more people into them.


Blogger jeffox said...

Well, at least he won't have to worry about hotracking. :) :)

4/04/2007 11:22 PM

Blogger midwatchcowboy said...

I think they're more emphasizing the 'green' aspect of using algae to produce their oxygen. Good luck. Hope he's got a steinke hood.

4/05/2007 4:40 AM

Blogger Boomer Rider said...

9 Cubic Meters, all to himself? Next, he'll be wanting showers.

4/05/2007 5:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aussie submariners don't need oxygen when underway, they've got beer--good beer. We still would have alcohol underway, too, except for General Order 99. Thanks Joe!

4/05/2007 6:23 PM

Blogger Zoe Brain said...

And that us why all Australian vessels have such a capacious wine and beer storage.
Imagine an RAN vessel, far from home, needs a Mk48 Mod5, or a Standard SM-1. I have no idea how much they cost, but they're not cheap. Even Diesel isn't cheap.
Now imagine that vessel giving a little bash, Jack - as opposed to Josephus - Daniels etc supplied (of course) and why not do an UNREP at the same time?
The RAN, for the price of a few thousand bucks worth of hooch, has "acquired" spares like this since time immemorial. Or rather,since December 8th, 1941. (Remember we're a day ahead)
I think it's called a "win-win" situation. The morale boost alone means the US taxpayer isn't out of pocket either.

4/05/2007 7:44 PM

Anonymous HalfEmpty said...

The RAN, for the price of a few thousand bucks worth of hooch, has "acquired" spares like this since time immemorial.



4/06/2007 4:31 AM

Anonymous ASOC said...

LOL - 9 m3 habitat, what a waste of space.

Check out for some small living. At 2.6 m3, it should be just the home for former sub types.....

4/07/2007 12:32 PM


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